Wall Street Journal: Lungu declared state of emergency and cracks down on opposition

Wall Street Journal: Lungu declared state of emergency and cracks down on opposition

Zambia’s President Calls for Sweeping Emergency Powers as Opposition Crackdown Intensifies

State-of-emergency legislation would let President Edgar Lungu impose broad restrictions on the media and freedom of assembly and movement

Zambia’s president has called for a countrywide state of emergency, as the political crisis in one of Africa’s most stable and mineral-rich democracies deepens.

President Edgar Lungu said in a televised address late Wednesday that he would seek parliamentary approval for sweeping emergency powers, after months of politically motivated violence following the jailing of opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema for treason.

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