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The UPND challenged Lungu's 2016 election victory in court, alleging fraud, arguing that that obliged him to hand over power to parliament's speaker until the court considered its petition.
After the opposition boycotted a speech by President Edgar Lungu --refusing to accept his legitimacy as their leader--the Speaker of the house suspended all of the UPND MPs for a period of 30 days, and in so doing swiftly anaesthetised all government checks and balances.
Earlier Friday, there was a moment of tension at the results center in Lusaka when the UPND opposition party alleged that servers belonging to the commission had been compromised by an unauthorized person.
The commission has rejected UPND charges that some of its officials were working to manipulate results to the advantage of Lungu's Patriotic Front.
On balance, the election looks too close to call, as the PF and UPND appear to have roughly equal chances of success in both the parliamentary and presidential polls.
According to the UPND leader, the Kwacha's fall can also be arrested by the introduction of proper tax on the mining sector such as windfall tax.
Nine candidates were in the race but the contenders were Edgar Tungu of the Patriotic Front (PF) and his main challenger Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National development (UPND).
Supporters of Lungu's ruling Patriotic Front (PF) and Hichilema's United Party for National Development (UPND) have clashed in the run-up to the poll, forcing the electoral commission to suspend campaigning at one point.
This year's election in Zambia has stirred emotions between supporters of the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party of President Edgar Lungu and those of the United Party for National Development (UPND) led by Hakainde Hichilema, popularly known as HH.
The opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) says it is essential that government increases its understanding of how best to deal with mining corporations using blackmail and deceit in covering up costs of mining projects and equipment that are brought into the country.
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