Zambia suspends 48 opposition MPs for snubbing president’s speech

  Zambia’s parliament suspended 48 opposition lawmakers on Tuesday for boycotting a speech by the president, widening a political rift that has alarmed rights groups. Parliament’s speaker barred the United Party for National Development (UPND) politicians from taking their seats for 30 days, a move that banned them from the building and stopped their pay. Their party, which was defeated in August elections that it said were rigged, called the suspensions unconstitutional. The lawmakers boycotted President Edgar Lungu’s address at the official opening of the assembly in March, saying they…

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