Zambia’s President Rupiah Banda in parentage row

Published: 5/Aug/2011
Source: BBC

Zambia’s opposition has taken court action to declare the president ineligible for office because his father was allegedly a foreigner.

Zambia’s constitution says both parents of a presidential candidate must be citizens by birth or descent.

The Patriotic Front (PF) party alleges that President Banda’s father was born in neighbouring Malawi.

Mr Banda’s allies say he is a true Zambian and will contest upcoming elections.

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Themes: Nationality and Elections, Nationality of Politicians
Regions: Southern Africa, Zambia
Year: 2011