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Zambian leader's election date a surprise
|Contributor||Thomas Walker |
|Last Edited||Thomas Walker Jul 27, 2006 11:33am|
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|News Date||Thursday, July 27, 2006 05:00:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||LUSAKA, 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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