03 October 2012 07:33 | By James Francis
Democracy In Africa


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Technically Zambia has been practicing democracy for a long time - since 1964. But for the period between 1972 and 1991, it became a one-party state controlled by UNIP - all other political parties were banned. Then the constitution was changed to allow for multiple parties and UNIP was defeated by the MMD, which would continue to dominate for over a decade among allegations of vote rigging and worse. Zambia’s democracy truly started to take root in 2001, when the Patriotic Front beat everyone at the polls in what were billed free and fair elections.


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