Zambia’s President Lungu needs treatment abroad after collapse

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Edgar Lungu collapse: Zambian president ‘needs treatment abroad’

Patriotic Front (PF) Presidential candidate Edgar Lungu speaks at a rally in Lusaka on 19 January 2015Edgar Lungu is to serve as president until 2016 when a new election will be called

Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu has to undergo throat surgery abroad, his doctors say, after earlier reporting that he had malaria.

Mr Lungu, elected in January, collapsed while giving a speech to commemorate International Women’s Day in the capital, Lusaka on Sunday.

During the campaign, Mr Lungu’s allies denied reports he was sick and offered to undergo a medical check-up.

The election was called because of the death of his predecessor Michael Sata.

Mr Lungu, 58, was treated at a local hospital and his office issued a report assuring Zambians that the president was “feeling better” and would…

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