October 11, 2017 / 1:57 PM / in 11 days

Zambia emergency powers decree to end at midnight on Wednesday

LUSAKA (Reuters) - The emergency powers invoked by Zambian President Edgar Lungu three months ago will expire with effect from midnight on Wednesday, the nation’s justice minister said.

Zambian President Edgar Lungu reacts after participating in a discussion at the World Economic Forum on Africa 2017 meeting in Durban, South Africa May 4, 2017. REUTERS/Rogan Ward

“The declaration will duly expire at midnight tonight. I wish to state however that the expiration should not be misconstrued as an invitation to break the law, as other laws stay in place,” Justice Minister Given Lubinda told parliament.

Lungu on July 5 invoked emergency powers to deal with “acts of sabotage” by his political opponents.

Reporting by Chris Mfula; Editing by James Macharia

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