Zambia: Politics and Government

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 10th September 2021.

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Photo of Ruth Jones Ruth Jones Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Zambia.

Photo of James Duddridge James Duddridge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK is encouraged by developments following presidential elections in Zambia in August. Despite our deep concern regarding restrictions during the campaign period and reports of some violent incidents, we welcome the broadly peaceful conduct on the day and subsequent democratic nature of the transition. The Prime Minister and I [Minister Duddridge] have congratulated the new President, Hakainde Hichilema, and commended the role of civil society and Zambian institutions in supporting the democratic electoral process. I [Minister Duddridge] was delighted to attend and speak at President Hichilema's inauguration on 24 August, I [Minister Duddridge] also met the President bilaterally and underlined the UK's commitment to a strong partnership. The UK looks forward to working with President Hichilema and his government on our shared goals including mutual prosperity, global health security and tackling climate change.

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