Zambia parliament elects first female speaker

Zambian lawyer Nelly Mutti has become the country’s first female speaker of parliament – responsible for the orderly conduct of debate as well as disciplining lawmakers.

Mutti was elected unopposed by the new set of MPs and will be deputised by Attracta Chisanga and Frank Moyo.

The new president, Hakainde Hichilema, expressed his “hearty congratulations” in a post on Facebook.

“You have a mammoth task ahead but I am confident that you are equal to the task,” added Hichilema.

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