Ban congratulates people, Government of Zambia for ‘peaceful’ election

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten (file)

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten (file)

New York, 25 January 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the Government and people of Zambia for the peaceful conduct of their recent presidential election, according to a United Nations spokesperson.

In a statement released this evening, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said the Secretary-General congratulated the people, Government and political parties of Zambia, as well as the electoral authorities, for “the peaceful manner in which the country organized its presidential election, despite difficult weather conditions.”

“Zambia’s long record of peaceful transitions through proper democratic processes is an example in the region,” the statement continued.

“The Secretary-General reaffirms the readiness of the United Nations to continue to work with the Government of Zambia to press ahead with its national priorities and to support the Government and people of Zambia as we all move towards a new sustainable development agenda.”

According to media reports, the Zambian election was won by Edgar Lungu, the country’s Defence and Justice Minister, who ran on the Patriotic Front ticket.

The election was called after the death of President Michael Chilufya Sata, who died on 28 October 2014 while receiving treatment at a hospital in London.