Bio of H.E. Edgar Chagwa Lungu - 6th Republican President of Zambia

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H.E Edgar Chagwa Lungu (born 11th November 1956) has been the 6th Republican President of Zambia since January 2015. H.E. Edgar Chagwa Lungu was sworn in as President of the Republic of Zambia on 25th January 2015 at the National Heroes Stadium in the capital Lusaka. 

Under 5th Republican President H.E. Michael Chilufya Sata, H.E. Edgar Chagwa Lungu served as Minister of Justice and Minister of Defence. Following H.E. Michael Chilufya Sata's death in October 2014, H.E. Edgar Chagwa Lungu was adopted as the candidate of the Patriotic Front, for the January 2015 presidential by-election. In the election, he defeated opposition candidate Hakainde Hichilema and took office on 25th January 2015. He was declared the winner by the Electoral Commission of Zambia on 24th January, 2015. 

He joined the United Party for National Development under the leadership of Anderson Mazoka, but later switched to the Patriotic Front (PF) led by party founder Michael Chilufya Sata.

After the PF won the 2011 election, H.E Edgar Chagwa Lungu became Deputy Minister in the Vice President's office. He was subsequently promoted to Minister of Home Affairs on 9th July 2012. He became Minister of Defence on 24th December 2013, and he functioned as Acting President during President Michael Chilufya Sata's tenure in office in 2013 to 2014. He has also held a string of central positions in his party, including Chair of the PF Central Committee on Discipline, and he became PF Secretary General and Minister of Justice on 28th August 2014. These positions were in addition to the Defence portfolio.

H.E. Edgar Chagwa Lungu is married to Mrs. Esther Lungu and has six (6) children.

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