Author: Max Woods

Max Woods is a student at the University of Strathclyde studying Politics and International Relations, Social Policy and Journalism, Media and Communications. Born and raised near Belfast, he is a close follower of Northern Irish politics and an avid rugby fan.

There has been a general backsliding of democracy around the world in the last decade. However, this year’s Zambian presidential election has brought some hope that this trend can be reversed. President-elect Hakainde Hichilema defeated incumbent Edgar Lungu in the face of a variety of obstacles and an increasingly authoritarian administration. Background and slide towards autocracy Landlocked in southern Africa, Zambia was once hailed as an example for other African countries after long-time President Kenneth Kaunda stepped down after 27 years to allow multi party elections. It achieved relative stability and a strong economy resulting in a surge on investor…

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