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"Mr President, Zambia is one of the few countries in Africa that have seen more than two peaceful transfers of power: one of the continent’s democratic success stories since moving to multi—party elections in 1991. The close elections last year, which saw incumbent President Lungu narrowly beat the opposition party leader Hakainde Hichilema, has the potential to jeopardise that success. Concerns were first raised after the Constitutional Court quickly dismissed Hichilema’s electoral petition, with events coming to a head after the bizarre arrest of Hichilema on charges of treason. In response, the influential Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a strongly-worded letter claiming that the country had become a dictatorship in all but name. Despite Zambia’s overall success, this is not the first time that a President there has sought to consolidate his power, as was seen by the former President Chiluba’s unsuccessful attempts to secure an unconstitutional third term in 2001. We must now support the EU’s efforts to see tensions relieved and ensure that Zambia and its democratic constitution is upheld and supported by the European Union."@en1
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