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Vice President to attend Edgar Lungu’s swearing-in ceremony

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Vice President Saulos Chilima is scheduled to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Zambia’s President-elect Edgar Lungu.

Chilima is expected to leave Monday for Zambia where he will attend the ceremony scheduled for Tuesday.

Lungu will be sworn in after two separate courts threw out petitions from the main opposition challenging the outcome of the August 11 election.

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In a statement from the office of the Vice President, Chilima will depart today at 8:40am and return on Wednesday through Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe.

“The Vice President has been delegated by His Excellency President Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika to attend the ceremony at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka on Tuesday 13th September,” the statement reads.

Lungu became president over a year ago following the death of Zambia’s former head of state, Michael Sata.

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Critics have accused him of failing to unite the country, and they blame him for sporadic violence during the campaign before the election and referendum.

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