Ruling party candidate Lungu leads Zambia presidential poll

January 23, 2015 1:33 PM

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Ruling party candidate Lungu leads Zambia presidential poll

LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambia's ruling party presidential candidate Edgar Lungu maintained a slim lead over his closest rival Hakainde Hichilema after votes from about 80 percent of constituencies were counted, the electoral commission said on Friday.

With no reliable opinion polls in the southern African state, few experts have been keen to call a winner in the contest to succeed Michael Sata, who died in office in October aged 77.

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