Challenger Michael Sata wins Zambia elections

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Posted: Sep 22, 2011 7:11 PM
Challenger Michael Sata wins Zambia elections

The chairwoman of the Electoral Commission of Zambia says challenger Michael Sata has defeated the incumbent in presidential elections.

Irene Mambilima announced early Friday that with tallies completed from nearly all the country's 150 constituencies, Sata had 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.

Banda's party, of which Sata had been a member until a 2001 leadership dispute, had been in power for two decades.

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LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) _ The chairwoman of the Electoral Commission of Zambia says challenger Michael Sata has defeated the incumbent in presidential elections.

Irene Mambilima announced early Friday that with tallies completed from nearly all the country's 150 constituencies, Sata had 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.

Banda's party, of which Sata had been a member until a 2001 leadership dispute, had been in power for two decades.