Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has been declared the winner of the just concluded presidential election in the Southern Africa country.
The newly elected Hichilema defeated the incumbent President Edgar Lungu, by a landslide which is more than a million votes.
In its final tally, the electoral commission said Hichilema had won 2,810,777 votes to Lungu’s 1,814,201 out of the seven million registered voters.
Hichilema’s supporters have been celebrating on the streets of the capital, Lusaka as last weekend election is the president-elect’s sixth attempt at winning the presidency. He has been contesting since 2006.
Meanwhile, former President Lungu has accepted defeat and congratulated Hichilema for his victory.
In a speech on national TV, he said he was committed to a smooth transfer of power, which is expected in the coming days while maintaining his claims that the elections were not free and fair.
However, In his acceptance speech, President-elect Hichilema extended an olive branch to his predecessor promising that he Lungu will not face retribution or get teargased.
He pledged to be president of all Zambians, whether they voted for him or not.