October 29, 1997 |
Rebels tried unsuccessfully to overthrow Zambian President Frederick Chiluba on Tuesday, raising fears of political instability in a country considered a bulwark of peace in Southern Africa. The putsch was thwarted about five hours after it was announced on state radio by the leader of a previously unknown military group calling itself the National Redemption Council.
November 3, 1991 |
Frederick Chiluba, a trade union leader who overwhelmingly defeated President Kenneth D. Kaunda to win Zambia's first multi-party elections in nearly a quarter-century, was sworn in Saturday as president. "The stream of democracy, dammed up for 27 years, is finally free to run its course as a mighty African river," Chiluba, 46, said at his inauguration.
November 2, 1991 |
In a political thunderbolt, Zambians voting in their first multi-party democratic election in 23 years unseated President Kenneth D. Kaunda, the country's only leader through its 27 years of independence. His opponent, Frederick Chiluba, said at a news conference in Lusaka, the Zambian capital, that Kaunda phoned him Friday night to congratulate him on his victory in Thursday's voting, news agencies reported from Lusaka. "He has conceded defeat and promised to cooperate with us," Chiluba said.
October 29, 1991
The people of Zambia, their economy in a shambles, go to the polls Thursday for the country's first multi-party presidential and parliamentary elections in 17 years. And diplomats say President Kenneth D. Kaunda's ruling party could have its 27-year hold on power ended by the Movement for Multi-Party Democracy, a coalition of labor, business, farming and religious leaders led by trade unionist Frederick Chiluba. The campaign has been intense and bitter, and former U.S.
December 18, 1990 |
President Kenneth D. Kaunda approved new laws legalizing opposition parties, ending 17 years of one-party rule. In signing constitutional amendments allowing for a return to multi-party democracy, Kaunda promised elections before September, 1991.
July 26, 1990 |
Zambian President Kenneth D. Kaunda, in a surprise offer of reconciliation to his political foes, announced Wednesday the release of all political prisoners and agreed to postpone a referendum on multi-party rule. "I am sending a strong message of love to those who are insulting me and my colleagues to stop doing that," he said. The referendum previously set for Oct. 17 this year would be put off until Aug. 13, 1991, he told a news conference.