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Zambia ratifies 90-day state of emergency

Zambia’s parliament on Tuesday approved a 90-day state of emergency decreed by President Edgar Lungu, a move that critics see as an effort to tighten his grip on power.

Opposition lawmakers boycotted the vote by leaving the chamber, leaving only the 85 members of the president's majority party to pass the measure.

Zambia ratifies 90-day state of emergency
Zambia ratifies 90-day state of emergency

Zambia ratifies 90-day state of emergency

Zambia’s parliament on Tuesday approved a 90-day state of emergency decreed by President Edgar Lungu, a move that critics see as an effort to tighten his grip on power.

Washington extends review period for Sudan sanctions
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Four suicide bombers kill 15 in Maiduguri, Nigeria: police
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Nigerian MP in court for falsifying varsity certificates
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