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Yearbook 2002

2002 ZambiaZambia. According to Countryaah website, three out of ten losing candidates protested at the Supreme Court in January against the outcome of the December 200 presidential elections.

The newly elected President Levy Mwanawasa declared that he would obviously resign if HD found him to be declared a winner on the wrong grounds. Until then, he wished to purge himself of the suspicions of being only a puppet of former President Frederick Chiluba. A number of ministers and senior officials appointed by Chiluba were dismissed or forced to resign following corruption charges. Chiluba was deprived of a number of material benefits and, after a few months of power measurement, left the post of chairman of the ruling party MMD (Movement for Multiparty Democracy) to Mwanawasa.

2002 Zambia

Zambia had significant financial problems. The budget deficit for 2001 turned out to have risen due to large expenses for the election campaign and unforeseen salary increases for public employees. The crisis was exacerbated by the Anglo-American mining company's decision to discontinue operations at the large new copper field Konkola, which threatened 11,000 jobs.

The economic crisis was also exacerbated by the severe drought affecting Zambia and other southern African countries. About 2.5 million Zambians were threatened by starvation. The government received strong criticism from both the opposition and abroad for its refusal to accept US donations of genetically modified maize. The government feared that the "poisoned" crop would come into its own production and thus jeopardize grain exports to the EU.

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