LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) -- The chairwoman of the Electoral Commission
of Zambia says challenger Michael Sata has defeated the incumbent
in presidential elections.
Irene Mambilima announced early Friday that with tallies
completed from nearly all the country's 150 constituencies, Sata
had won with 1,150,045 votes, or 43 percent of the total. President
Rupiah Banda had 961,796 votes, or 36.1 percent. Eight other
candidates shared the remainder.
Banda's party, of which Sata had been a member until a 2001
leadership dispute, had been in power for two decades.
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