Zambian President Declares State Of Emergency
Zambian President Edgar Lungu has invoked a state of emergency in the country after a series of apparent arson attacks, in a move likely to trigger fresh accusations of government authoritarianism.
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Several fires, including one that burnt down the main market in the capital Lusaka on Tuesday, were described by Lungu as “premeditated acts which if left unchecked could have serious… consequences”.
“My government has decided to invoke Article 31 (leading) to a state of public emergency,” Lungu said in a nationally-televised address.
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The state of emergency will be officially imposed after approval by parliament.