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Date:23 Sep 2011
Zambia: Banda concedes defeat and congratulates Sata

Outgoing Zambian President, Rupiah Banda has accepted the turnout of the elections and has extended a hand of congratulations to President-elect, Opposition Patriotic Front (PF) leader, Michael Sata, who has been declared winner of the just ended triapatrite polls.

With tallies completed from nearly all the country's 150 constituencies, Irene Mambilima, the Electoral Commission's chairperson on Friday announced that, Sata won with 1,150,045 votes, or 43 percent of the total. President Rupiah Banda had 961,796 votes, or 36.1 percent. Eight other candidates shared the remainder of the votes cast.

Chief Justice Ernest Sakala explained that even before the other seven constituences were tallied; it was within the electoral law to declare Sata president.

Banda's Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD) has ruled since Frederick Chiluba unseated independence leader Kenneth Kaunda in the first democratic elections in 1991.

Meanwhile President Banda has conceded defeat and has urged supporters of the MMD to accept the results for peace to prevail.

In his concession speech, outgoing President Banda noted that, the people of Zambia had spoken through the democratic process and there was the need to obey it.

"The time now is for maturity, for composure and for compassion. To the victors, I say this: you have the right to celebrate but do so with a magnanimous heart. Enjoy the hour but remember that a term of government is for years. He stated

He further admonished the new president to “remember that the next election will judge you also. I have no ill-feelings in my heart; there is no malice in my words. I wish him well in his years as president. I pray his policies will bear fruit."

Reminding the people of the role MMD had played in the country’s growth and development, and emphasized that, “The Zambia we know today was built by an MMD government. We know our place in history and we know that we can come back to lead again in the future. A new leadership will be chosen, and that leadership will be from the younger generation.

"My generation, the generation of the independence struggle-- must now give way to new ideas; ideas for the 21st century. From this defeat, a new, younger MMD will be re-born.

President elect Sata will be sworn in at the Supreme court at 14 hours today since he has refused to be sworn in at parliament.

Reports reaching AEP states that outgoing president Rupiah Banda will hand over power in person.


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