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Zambians Go to the Polls in a Tight Presidential Election with No China-Bashing, For Once

A man casts his ballot at a polling station in Lusaka on August 12, 2021 as Zambians elect their next president after a tense campaign dominated by economic woes in Africa's first coronavirus-era sovereign defaulting country. Patrick Meinhardt / AFP

Ballots are now being counted in Zambia’s general election that took place on Thursday. Presidential incumbent Edgar Lungu faces opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema in a contest that has been too close to call for weeks. 

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