Parley Resumes September 10, HH To Grace It

National Assembly

AFTER being on recess for four months, Parliament will resume business on September 10 with newly-elected President
Hakainde Hichilema officially opening the House.
Parliament adjourned sine die on May 13, few hours before dissolving to pave way for the August 12 general election which saw Mr Hichilema become new head of State after beating 15 other contestants, including incumbent Edgar Lungu.
“The ceremonial opening of the First Session of the 13th National Assembly by the President of the Republic of Zambia will take place on Friday, September 10, 2021,” Clerk of the National Assembly Cecilia Mbewe announced in a statement yesterday.

Zambian presidential candidate for the opposition party United Party for National Development (UPND) Hakainde Hichilema gives a press conference at his residence, in Lusaka on August 11, 2021. – The UPND, the main rival to the ruling Patriotic Front (PF), is eager to tap into mounting disillusionment in the city’s poorest neighbourhoods, where dissent has grown since the last 2016 poll. (Photo by Patrick Meinhardt / AFP)
Unlike the previous Parliament, the composition of the new one will see United Party for National Development (UPND) 83 plus eight nominated members sitting on the right side of the Speaker as a ruling party.
The Patriotic Front (PF), now an opposition party, has 61 members, while 10 seats belong to independent legislators.
Party for National Unity and Progress has one member.
In the last Parliament, UPND had 58 seats, PF 80, MMD three, FDD one and 14 were independent legislators.


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