Zambian leader marks one year in office, tabulates achievements

2017-09-13 14:45:53 GMT2017-09-13 22:45:53(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

LUSAKA, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Wednesday marked one year since his re-election by outlining some of the achievements his government has scored.

The Zambian leader won his five-year term in office after narrowly beating leading opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema during the disputed August 11 elections last year.

He first came into office in 2015 after winning an election caused by the death of President Michael Sata in 2014.

"As we commemorate one year of service to the Zambian people, I wish to thank the Almighty God for the grace and favor He has continued to show to my administration and country at large," he said in a statement posted on his Facebook page.

"Through working together as one people, Zambia has recorded a number of achievements," he added.

Among the listed achievements are the stabilization of the local currency against major convertible currencies, dropping lending interest rates from 45 percent to 27 percent, dropping inflation rate from 21 percent to 6 percent and strengthened internal security and peace after the controversial elections.

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