Zambia opposition: president not eligible to run

AP News
Posted: Aug 04, 2011 1:07 PM
Zambia opposition: president not eligible to run

Zambia's main opposition party says President Rupiah Banda is ineligible for re-election because both his parents were allegedly born outside the country.

The Patriotic Front says Banda's father was born in colonial-era Nyasaland _ modern-day Malawi _ and says it took out an injunction Thursday to prohibit Banda from running in September's election. Zambia's constitution requires presidential candidates to have Zambian-born parents.

The ruling Movement for Multi-Party Democracy dismissed the challenge, questioning why the opposition had not raised the issue during the last election.

Banda, the former vice president, narrowly won a 2008 presidential poll forced by the death of president Levy Mwanawasa. Banda, who is in his 70s, was born before Zambia gained independence in 1964.