Zambian opposition wins back seat in parliamentary by-election

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The opposition Patriotic Front (PF) in Zambia has recaptured the Kanchibiya seat in northern Mpika district after beating three other candidates in a parliamentary by-election held Tuesday. PF spokesperson Given Lubinda disclosed that PF candidate Davies Mwango was leading Wednesday with 4,673 votes while his closest rival Judith Kapinimpanga from the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) was trailing with 1,688 votes from the 37 of the 42 ballot boxes counted so far. Acting President Rupiah Banda has conceded defeat and accepted the results, although the landslide victory for the PF is a major blow to the ruling MMD as the country holds the presidential by elections 30 October. The Kanchibiya parliamentary seat became vacant following the death of PF area member of parliament Albert Kanyanyamila.

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