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UPDATED: 07:18, July 23, 2006
Zambia's main opposition forms new party
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Losing presidential aspirant of Zambia's main opposition United Party for National Development ( UPND) has formed a new party, Zambia Daily Mail reported on Saturday.

Sakwiba Sikota has formed his own United Liberal Party after he failed to be elected new leader of the biggest opposition party on July 13.

Sikota confirmed here Friday the formation of the new party.

But UPND deputy president for economic and political affairs Patrick Chisanga described those who have reigned from the party after the general assembly as "cowards."

At the assembly, 44-year-old wealthy businessman Hakainde Hichilema was picked the new leader to replace late president Anderson Mazoka, who died in May this year.

The UPND was plunged to political wrangles after Mazoka's death over who should be the successor as well as part of a newly-formed opposition alliance that will contest the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) in the tripartite elections later this year.

The UPND and two other opposition parties formed the Untied Democratic Alliance (UDA) in March this year in a bid to field a single candidate to challenge incumbent President Levy Mwanawasa who has expressed intention to seek for a second term.

Political analysts said the UDA coalition would crumble if the UPND emerged as a divided party and this would clear the way for Mwanawasa to easily win the general elections.

Source: Xinhua

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