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Edgar Lungu Zambia court rejects opposition bid to block president's inauguration

"The court has declined to grant the application on grounds that as a single judge he has no jurisdiction," Keith Mweemba,

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Zambia's President Edgar Lungu attends a signing ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris play Zambia's President Edgar Lungu attends a signing ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, February 8, 2016. (REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/File Photo)

Zambia's Supreme Court has rejected an application by the main opposition party to stop President Edgar Lungu's inauguration set for Tuesday after last month's contested election, a lawyer for the opposition leader said on Monday.

"The court has declined to grant the application on grounds that as a single judge he has no jurisdiction," Keith Mweemba, a lawyer for opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema told journalists.

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