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Zambia's Main Opposition Parties Form Alliance


Zambia's three main opposition parties have formed an alliance to oppose current President Levy Mwanawasa in elections later this year.

The new United Democratic Alliance said Wednesday that it will select a single presidential candidate at a joint convention.

The new alliance is made up of three parties: the United Party for National Development, Forum for Democracy and Development, and United National Independence Party.

Some political experts see the new umbrella party as a significant threat to President Mwanawasa, who is seeking a second term.

No date has been set yet for Zambia's presidential, parliamentary and local government elections.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.
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