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Zambia’s Patriotic Front faces major election test

Tuesday, June 22, 2021


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


  • 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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