A new president and parliament is being elected in Zambia under difficult circumstances. The economy is crumbling and human rights are being violated in a former model democracy in Africa.
Heavily armed soldiers are on patrol in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. Their deployment came as tensions and violence between the political camps increased in the runup to the August 12 parliamentary and presidential elections.
Supporters of the government and the opposition — armed with machetes, axes, knives and slingshots — have repeatedly clashed in various parts of the country since campaigning began in May.
After two people — supporters