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  Zambian leader's election date a surprise
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ContributorThomas Walker 
Last EditedThomas Walker  Jul 27, 2006 11:33am
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News DateThursday, July 27, 2006 05:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionLUSAKA, Zambia - Zambian opposition leaders were scrambling Thursday after President Levy Mwanawasa called elections for Sept. 28 and dissolved the parliament and Cabinet of this copper-rich southern African nation.

The opposition, which had expected at least three months notice, was caught off-guard by the announcement late Wednesday on state-run television and radio.

The main opposition United Party for National Development is in the middle of a bruising leadership squabble following the sudden death of its founder.

The party had hoped to form a formidable coalition against Mwanawasa with two other opposition groups.

Mwanawasa, who suffered a mild stroke this year but last month declared himself fit to run for a second term, was to formally launch his re-election campaign Friday.
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