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Zambian President Edgar Lungu slumps in public

Mr Lungu, 64, is campaigning for another term with elections coming up in August.

• June 14, 2021
Edgar Lungu
Edgar Lungu

Zambian President Edgar Lungu slumped at a public function on Sunday but “recovered quickly”, Cabinet Secretary Simon Miti said in a statement.

Mr Lungu was officiating the country’s 45th Defence Force Day Commemoration and Investiture Ceremony when he suddenly went to the ground. 

The event which was running live on TV was then abruptly put off.

Mr Miti said Mr Lungu “experienced sudden dizziness” but he “recovered immediately and walked to the official car and returned to his residence at State House.”

The cabinet secretary further confirmed that the president will go ahead with his scheduled programmes.

Mr Lungu in 2015 took ill and got hospitalised after experiencing a rare stomach disorder known as achalasia.

The president assumed office in 2014 after the demise of predecessor Michael Sata before the end of his tenure. He eventually won the next election in 2016.

Mr Lungu, 64, is campaigning for another term with elections coming up in August. He will come up against his long running challenger and opposition leader Hakainde Hichilemaon.

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