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Edgar Chagwa Lungu (born 11 November 1956) is a Zambian politician who served as the sixth president of Zambia from 25 January 2015 to 24 August 2021. Under President Michael Sata, Lungu served as Minister of Justice and Minister of Defence. Following Sata’s death in October 2014, Lungu was adopted as the candidate of the ruling Patriotic Front in a Convention of the Patriotic Front in Kabwe, for the January 2015 presidential by-election, which was to determine who would serve out the remainder of Sata’s term. In the election, he narrowly defeated opposition candidate Hakainde Hichilema and took office on 25 January 2015. Lungu was elected to a full presidential term in the August 2016 election, again narrowly defeating Hichilema. Hichilema initially disputed the election result and filed a case at the Constitutional Court to nullify the result. On 5 September, however, the court dismissed the case. Lungu was sworn in for his first full term on 13 September 2016. In 2021, Lungu was defeated by long-time opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema (his 2015 and 2016 opponent), after the Electoral Commission of Zambia declared the victory of Hichilema in that year’s presidential election.

Lungu Touts Debt-Laden China Infrastructure as Legacy

[Nation] Outgoing Zambian leader Edgar Lungu on Monday bade farewell to his countrymen in a message touting his administration's massive investment in infrastructure as his legacy.

Why Edgar Lungu and His Party Lost 2021 Elections

[The Conversation Africa] Hakainde Hichilema's election victory is the third time an opposition leader has unseated an incumbent president in Zambia since 1991. The victory bequeaths on the new president and his party, the United Party for National Dev...

Zambians Vote for Economic Reform

[ISS] Almost five million Zambians came out to vote on 12 August, and overwhelmingly rejected incumbent Edgar Lungu as president. After five attempts, Hakainde Hichilema swept ahead to victory by over a million votes and a secured a majority in the Nat...

Zambia Elections Bring False Hope to MDC-a

[The Herald] The MDC Alliance has been gripped by false hope of winning the forthcoming 2023 Presidential elections in the manner Zambia's President-elect; Hakainde Hichilema defeated former President, Edgar Lungu in the just ended elections.

Zambia Election – President Edgar Lungu Concedes Defeat

[East African] Zambia's outgoing President Edgar Lungu has conceded defeat after the country's electoral commission announced his rival Hakainde Hichilema winner of the August 12 presidential poll.

President Cries Foul as Opposition Leads in Early Vote Count

[RFI] Zambia's main opposition candidate has taken a considerable lead in partial results for a tight presidential election while incumbent leader Edgar Lungu claims the poll was not "not free and fair".

President Lungu Complains of ‘Unfair Polls’

[East African] Zambian President Edgar Lungu has declared the August 12 presidential and parliamentary election "not free and fair", citing incidents of political violence in three provinces.

Zambia’s Lungu Shuts Down Internet, Deploys More Soldiers Overnight

[263Chat] Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Thursday in an epic twist of events shutdown the internet and deployed more troops claiming that the election was rigged in a tight presidential showdown with main opposition rival Hakainde Hichilema rocked by...

Trailing Behind Opposition, Lungu Disputes Election

[Nation] Zambian President Edgar Lungu has declared Thursday's presidential and parliamentary election "not free and fair" after incidents of violence in three provinces.

Zambia Voters Flock to Polling Stations

[East African] Zambians started voting on Thursday with a promising huge turnout in a decisive election in which the incumbent Edgar Lungu is seeking a second term.