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Zambia’s Patriotic Front faces major election test

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Significance

The country’s economy has been in decline for some time, and the government is increasingly plagued by corruption scandals.

Impacts

  • A contested election will likely further undermine the increasingly fraught relationship between Zambia and international donors.
  • New government borrowing to fund populist policies will further complicate economic reform prospects.
  • The replacement of recently deceased Chief Justice Irene Mambilima may become politicised given the courts’ role in resolving poll disputes.

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