President Lungu share a light moment with First Lady Esther Lungu, Vice-President Inonge Wina and his Campaign manager Samuel Mukupa
President Lungu share a light moment with First Lady Esther Lungu, Vice-President Inonge Wina and his Campaign manager Samuel Mukupa
Former United States of America (US) President Jimmy Carter has congratulated President Edgar Chagwa on his victory in the August 11 general election.

According to the statement issued to the media by his special assistant for press and bublic relations, Amos Chanda, President Carter telephoned President Lungu at 23:00 hours on Monday night to wish him well and urged him to do his very best to unite the country.

Mr Carter urged President Lungu to ensure peace and stability to prevail and allow the due process of the law.

The former US President emphasised that the most important thing was for Zambia to keep the peace and stability for which Zambia was well-renowned for. Zambia is a beacon of peace and democracy in the region and Africa in general.

President Lungu has assured Mr Carter that he will do his utmost best to unite the country and ensure stability prevailed.

And Former United Nations (UN) Secretary General Kofi Annan has called President Lungu and wished him well upon his victory in the just ended general election.

Mr Annan urged President Lungu to keep the country stable and united.

Meanwhile, former President of the United Republic of Tanzania Jakaya Kikwete on Monday evening paid a courtesy call on President Lungu.

The former President who led a delegation of Commonwealth Observers to Zambia’s August 11 polls commended President Lungu for ensuring peace during the just ended general election.

Dr. Kikwete wished President Lungu well and hoped Zambia will maintain the country’s longstanding peace and stability.

And State House wishes to confirm that in accordance with the Constitution of Zambia, the inauguration of the President-elect will take place seven (7) days after the winner was declared by the Returning Officer. This re-confirmation follows numerous public inquiries about the date of inauguration.

The inauguration committee headed by the Secretary to the Cabinet has since proceeded with preparations for the inauguration ceremony which will take place at Lusaka’s Heroes Stadium.

“I therefore wish to confirm that in accordance with the Constitution of Zambia, (Act Number 2 of 2016) the inauguration of the President-elect takes place seven days after the winner has been declared.”

Meanwhile, the Head of State will soon travel to the Copperbelt Province to thank the people for their support and peaceful conduct during the just-ended general election.

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    • Even Mugabe is congratulated by China, Castro and AU and other persons.

      This shouldn’t be news.

      Thanks

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    • For second, I thought the man next to my auntie bo inonge works for Jimmy Carter and delivered the mesenge! But this one,, awe! Us from the green party our votes were also stolen the same way votes from mama nawakwi’s grand mother’s vote and other family members ,,,, but PF ,,, you made Edgar a big sinner

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    • It’s a sweet victory for all people of Zambia. Democracy has won over the armageddon and mayhem loudly vowed to unleash. Under a United Zambia, time for national development overdrive. No problem would bigger than the sum of us. No room for xenophobia. Hope GBM will will realize the respect of women and the poor. Never will know that Hod is no respecter of persons, M’membe realize that he has tax obligations to the national treasury and Masebo know that crosstitutes have expiry date. Winners are those whose tribe is Zambia. Congrats ECL you have our unflinching support.

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    • Nevers will learn that God is no respector of persons, Maureen will realize that her bantubotatwe project has crumbled in their eyes, Scott will believe that we buried horse and rider era with independence in 1964 yet he is free to live among us with mutual respect. DePak Patel will realise that hospitality is not a sign of weakness. His island is not in heaven Unreachablr if he continues to cheat “some” mining companies to go for inimical projects financing against national peace.

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    • We have taught the so called “Intellectuals” and “Rich kids” a lesson that we the Kaponyas and Poor kids are in numbers and we don’t need their intelligent and rich leaders to lead us.. We prefer a person with a humble background to lead us,Kateka? ni Lungu.. Go hug a ZESCO transformer if you are too touched.. ??? ?#?We? want a fellow poor man.. Kaili we are used to suffering according to them.. So what is their problem if we continue to suffer? Did we die from last year? We shall survive even if we eat grass and they eat Nshima with beef and chicken as their vegetable.. Am just shocked with the kind of mediocrity exhibited by The Rich Kids and Intellectuals.. They want to insult us and feel pity for us as if we have asked for their sympathy.. They should take a sit or a chill pill!…

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    • Why only former presidents ? Drought this year , k20 to $1 , k20 per litre of fuel , k300 for 25kg , IMF will what government to pay $ 300 million every month, load shedding has already started, copper prices will drop more , Kwacha will be useless, Zambian is already divided by tribal lines , violence between different political party’s , the ECZ presidential figures to meet 50+1 . Thank God am not in zed

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    • It’s true Zambians don’t care about the future! Only important thing Zambians care is Getting drunk and SEX plus gossiping.

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    • THE UPND LEADERS SHOULD ADDRESS THE ELEPHANT IN THEIR HOUSE CALLED TRIBALISM.
      HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN THAT IN PF STRONGHOLDS HH GOT SUBSTANTIAL VOTES BUT IN UPND STRONGHOLDS ECL ONLY GOT PALTRY VOTES BUT WITH A GOVERNMENT THAT HAS ACTUALLY DELIVERED SOME DEVELOPMENT.
      AS LONG AS UPND IS LED BY SOMEBODY WHOSE QUALIFICATION TO LEAD IT IS HIS TRIBE THEN IT IS NOT A NATIONAL PARTY AND DOES NOT DESERVE TO RULE ZAMBIA. GOD WILL ENSURE THAT.

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    • @Buck Teeth Lungu…yes you can call it stu-pidity that is why i used my stu-pidity wisely and voted for the right man and not your tribalist leader. We wired you bamambala. Never underestimate the power of the poor voter

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    • All well wishers of PF and President Lungu shall note the following:

      1. Section 105 is the section for swearing in of the
      President Elect.

      2. Sub-section 105(2) states that The President
      elect shall be sworn into office on Tuesday
      following-
      (a) the seventh day after the date of declaration
      of the presidential election results, if no
      petition has been filed in accordance with
      Article 103; or
      (b) the seventh day after the date on which the
      Constitutional Court declares the elections
      to be valid.

      3. Please note -Article 101 of the Constitution deals
      with Presidential elections
      Article 101 has its own appeal provisions to
      Constitution Court,…

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    • 3. Please note -Article 101 of the Constitution deals
      with Presidential elections
      Article 101 has its own appeal provisions to
      Constitution Court, complete in all respects.

      4. Article 102 deals with Disqualifications for RUN
      OFF.

      5 Article 103 follows with similar provisions (ditto
      of Article 101) for a petition to Constitution Court
      in case a petition is made to Constitutional Court
      for nullification of President Elect.
      6. This Article is immediately after Article 102
      which covers Disqualification for RUN OFF
      7. Article 105 (2) (a) mandates that a President
      elect shall be sworn into office by the Chief
      Justice, if no petition is filed under Article 103.
      8. What it means is that President Lungu who…

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    • 8. What it means is that President Lungu who has been declared President Elect under First Ballot, qualifies to be sworn in under Article 105(2) (a) as any petition to the Constitution Court by UPND, HH or any other person falls under Article 101 and not under Article 103. Any petition filed under Article 103 will automatically be defective and thrown out. The Chief Justice is under obligation as per the Constitution to swear into office President Lungu
      9. Article 103 (3) talking about Speaker acting as President during the period of a petition to Constitutional Court does not apply to President elect who is so declared by the Returning Officer under Article 101 (first ballot)

      10. This Article is further strengthened by Article 106(2) which states that – A President shall hold office…

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    • 10. This Article is further strengthened by Article 106(2) which states that – A President shall hold office from the date the President elect is sworn into office and ending on the date the next President Elect is sworn into office

      11. Constitutional logic is that a President Elect who is an incumbent and is declared a winner on First Ballot has the mandate of the voters under previous elections to continue as President till a new President elect is declared by Returning Officer or in case of an appeal till second ballot results are declared and if an petition is made then Speaker shall take over as his mandate from second ballot is challenged.

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    • Even Muliokela had the sense to stay away this time around but GBM and HH are tiny farts making a big stink!

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    • Jacob, you are correct.

      Zambians do not know good Governance coz they have never experienced one.

      I dont blame them , hopefully with time , they will learn a lesson.

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    • Am sorry, the official conclusion is that they were not rigged. HH is the first in Zambia to petition election results (presidential). To me this is desperation.

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    • congratulations ba pamafi for choosing a thief to be the president of this great country Zambia.More poverty,problems in your pockets…VIVA UPND

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  1. Hurray loadshedding is back in Woodlands Lusaka. This time its even darker! Am so happy. Huh I missed it.

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    • The key message is uniting Zambia in peace. Unfortunately, that is the part that Chakolwa and PF will not read and heed. Most of these evil muppets have never heard of magnanimity over the vanquished. Instead they will trample and kill the opposition supporters because a different viewpoint is always an affront to their massive egos.

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  2. Jimmy Carter is dying of cancer how can he have time to phone lungu ??

    Most states that abide by the rule of law know lungu stole votes.

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    • But guyz mwaliba bitter.

      The result for us is too sweet and we wont focus on your rantings because your souls are hurt therefore, we shall ignore you for now.

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    • @3 Spaka, Are you a robot that is programmed to parrot and share wrong stuff? President Carter has been healed of cancer. He is now a free human being and even back to his Sunday school teaching. Due to age, he has just cut on international trips for his center.

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    • “The Carter Center, in partnership with Emory University, is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering. It seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health.”

      Jimmy Carter works through the carter center and all his speeches are channeled through there.

      Look at these PF lyiers including a zambian senile citizen trying to drag a 92 yr old humanitarian into their corruption and brutality.
      Carter would never comment on election results with out clearance from the US state dept incase that comment interferes with US foreign policy..

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  3. Is it true that Zambia is about to become the next Zimbabwe… Mealie meal prices going up to 500 Kwacha ?

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    • Zimbabwe is under sactions and Zambia will never be like Zimbabwe…This is the same reason the Supreme Leader HH of the UPND has lost the elections for wishing the PF bad luck for him to win an election including you who worship the Supreme Leader HH of the UPND who always thinks he is the best person in Zambia…

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    • Its true that Zambia is about to become Zimbabwe.Visionless chakolwa rungu will continue pocketing our tax monies in his pockets…VIVA UPND

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    • If the majority of Zambians are danderheads,then why go to campaign to them unless you are also one…It’s really painful to lose an election but that should not make you insult the intelligent Zambians who cannot be duped by people who think are clever and yet are dull…

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    • You have already forgetting that 2021 you will need our votes.
      Keep calling us names and i can asure you, it will cost your supreme leader votes.
      We are not danderheads therefore, we shall definitely forgive you but we won’t forget.

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    • My brothers and sisters, let us do what is RIGHT and make sure JUSTICE and the RULE OF LAW prevails in our beloved Zambia!

      It’s time for every right thinking citizen to stand up and say NO to Mugabeism and Musivenism. We do not want our children to suffer life under a selfish corrupt dictatorship.

      This election has been a fraud to steal our future from us. Now we have to say enough! We will not stand for it.

      Let us use the due process, however long it takes, to throw these lying criminals OUT and get a government that will be answerable to their employers, the people of Zambia.

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  4. UPND supporters are not realistic.
    Please value the views of others.
    And don’t think that other people live just to fulgil your desires, they also have views and desires.
    When take that view, it will take you longer to achieve your goals.
    Humble yourselves.

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  5. if u think insulting will ever take yo bitterness of loosing these elections am sorry to inform u that its making things worse for u ppl esp upnd cadres claiming elections were rigged bcoz as things stand the PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA IS EDGAR, the earlier to put that into yo skull, the better otherwise ur free to go to syria as well, we have duo citizenship now in place…………#ECL

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    • The people of Zambia cannot wait for 2021.

      They need an honest competent government NOW!

      These thieves and conmen are trying to steal our future.

      NO to rigging. NO to LIES.

      JUSTICE MUST PREVAIL. Zambia must be ruled by LAWS, not rehtoric.

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  6. Its 2016 now and particularly 16th August, 2016. The Trump of Zambia has gone past State House! Àti ALEISA! There is no stop sign for HH, neither is there a speed limit. Aleisa nafuti in 2021 to find no stop sign, ni Grade 11.

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    • It is weak souls like you who look on the side when crimes and fraud are committed who are contributing to the instability of the world! Given the revelations of electoral malpractices committed by PF and ECZ, it is embarrassing that Lungu and PF are even celebrating the outcome of a fraudulent election! All weak souls are just deceitful and manipulative, Period! However, their time to account will come when they cross over into the spirit world where fairness prevails. I see Lungu and Chulu in the first realm (that Dark realm) of the spirit world!

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  7. The margin of loss and win in this election is small. In terms of opinion it is 50/50. So negative comments about the losers must be exercised with wisdom. Edgar has a big task of convincing the other half that he is actually the right president for them. 5 years is a short time it is only long for those who are short sighted. Even at personal financial programs 5 years is short.

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    • Let it be known by all that UPND has the strongest support amongst Zambians.

      Zambia comprises 72 ethnic groups with about 90% of the population belonging to the Nine major ethnolinguistic groups: the Nyanja-Chewa; Bemba; Tonga; Tumbuka; Lunda; Luvale; Kaonde; Nkoya; and Lozi. These nine major tribes are split politically as follows:

      PF support bases is from the Nyanja-Chewa; Bemba; Tumbuka. (Three tribal groups)
      UPND base lies with the Tonga; Lunda; Luvale; Kaonde; Nkoya; and Lozi. (Six tribal groups)

      UPND will whack PF anyday, anytime, anywhere IF the election is free and fair. The people in Lusaka

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  8. The world is in so much turmoil because there is a serious shortage of men and women of integrity. I used to think Jimmy Carter was a man of integrity and he wouldn’t rush to embrace and legitimatize a fraudulent election? He has disappointed me, especially as more and more of the electoral fraud committed by PF is being revealed. Shame on Carter! He should have waited!

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    • It is lies. Carter can not endorse corruption and stealing

      “The Carter Center, in partnership with Emory University, is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering. It seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health.”

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  9. Why do you always think that HH is better than you? What makes you think that HH is the only one who can Change things in this country? Why should Lozi complain when they have Inonge wina ? To me Lozi’s and Ngonis should be happier than Bembas. We need to change because you don’t even know the intentions of HH or whoever you are supporting

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    • We will not forget until all the fraud has been resolved! If this is not done, prepare for the unintended consequences, including a divided country. If the outstanding issues are not resolved, we will not regard Edgar as the President of Zambia. He will be President of those of you who voted for him. It would have been different if he won fairly. As things stand and as more malpractices are revealed, he stole the vote.

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  10. Jimmy Carter, the UN SG and other spent forces congratulate Lungu and PF cadres get excited – another indication of their lack of analysis in as far as International politics are concerned. First of all, we had useless cosmetic dressers as election observers. They stood and watched as irregularities appeared right before their eyes. Useless entities who do not want to ‘upset the prevailing political cart’ but still purport to have credence as International observers. The UN is toothless in so far as African dictatorships and atrocities are concerned. Their responses are piecemeal – dependent on the interests of the powers that pull the strings behind the scenes and who do not want their private economic exploits disturbed. The ‘congratulating’ entities are therefore either impotent or…

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  11. You people insulting HH make it look like he will suffer if things don’t go his way but you forget that he will never go hungry. It is you that needs to ask yourself if you will be better off with Lungu as president.

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  12. In August 2015, at age 90, Carter was diagnosed with melanoma which had metastasized to his liver and brain, and he began treatment which included surgery, immunotherapy, and radiation.

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  13. In Zambia we vote for a person we like not economic policy you want to bring NO, so everyone is free to vote for the person you like. It’s ok for people in Southern, Western & Northwestern to vote for whoever they like it’s what democracy is all about but don’t cry if other people vote for the other person. 2021 if history repeats itself then Kambwili will be President & HH will still be our friends party President since in their party it’s one leader for life- Dictatorship

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  14. @HH Waitaya

    Having read most of the comments on this piece, HH Waitaya’s contribution is, in my humble opinion, the most insightful one, albeit this was clearly never his / her intention!

    I knew HH would never win for he represents what Zambians loathe and fear – a man who has no fear of hard work; and clearly a man with ambition and purpose. And he is black, a Zambian to boot!

    HH has clearly worked hard to amass his millions. “Working hard” are two words that are alien to Zambians; for their preference is to play the role of victim, and be the recipients of handouts. These are two familiar, entrenched, comfortable behaviours for Zambians.

    Look at how the Chinese have taken over Zambia, Zambians, and through their hard work enriched themselves whilst the Zambians have…

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    • When asked more than four times how HH had gotten his wealth by a South African journalist HH failed to answer the question. He avoided it and when the journalist ersisted with the questions HH became uncomfortable and annoyed. I wonder how HH is going to avail opportunities to his followers and make them become rich like him if he cannot explain how. Clearly the means of HH’s wealth cannot meet public approval.

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  15. …have stood by and watched. Zambians prefer familiarity / routines – all day power cuts, all day water shortages, dirty une quipped hospitals, widening gap between the corrup rich and very poor. Why change what is so familiar?

    Ps: I didn’t vote for either HH or Lungu!

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    • …Zambians prefer rulers who despise them, and those who give their national assets away for pittance so as to enrich themselves. Zambians like rulers who can guarantee them poverty for a lifetime in exchange for very little work from.

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  16. OBAMA won’t congratulate
    PF are really dying for real presidents to congratulate them. They don’t know that these presidents know what happened.

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  17. If we were looking at demographics on Zambian news websites the facts are most commentators on Lsk Times are in fact middle class or upper middle class Zambians many of whom also frequent other sites such as Tumfweko and Zambia reports which have a wider spread of readers and commentators from different socio-economic backgrounds. In other words Lsk Times is for rich out of touch readers many of whom are anti govt and many of whom are abroad, don’t even vote and have no clue of the actual situation on the ground in Zambia. There are some who are an exception to this – myself of course and my fellow Pro PF bloggers know what is real and our comments in the past which have later proven to be 100 percent accurate are testament to this!

    Now getting back to the article, a great victory for…

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    • You are wrong. I am in Lusaka and I voted. You are also wrong because the majority tribes support UPND. I have made posts elsewhere but the short of it all is that:

      Zambia comprises 72 ethnic groups with about 90% of the population belonging to the Nine major ethnolinguistic groups: the Nyanja-Chewa; Bemba; Tonga; Tumbuka; Lunda; Luvale; Kaonde; Nkoya; and Lozi. These nine major tribes are split politically as follows:

      PF support bases is from the Nyanja-Chewa; Bemba; Tumbuka. (Three tribal groups)
      UPND base lies with the Tonga; Lunda; Luvale; Kaonde; Nkoya; and Lozi. (Six tribal groups)

      The rural votes are the soul of the nation and its real barometer of support for political parties. On this account UPND is tops.

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  18. The Carter Center which also participated in monitoring elections is a credible institution. And Jimmy Carter is by far more credible than HH who cannot even explain how he got his riches.

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    • Show us were on the carter center Web site which shows all of carters work, is lungu mentioned ?

      so you understand jimmy carter and know he can never rubber stamp corruption ….

      “The Carter Center, in partnership with Emory University, is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering. It seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health.”

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  19. @marie-anne….He can’t do that coz he was working with hh the lost man who want to come sell off our uranium to your Obama…
    We know how hh was working with the unfriendly force called American.

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  20. Losers are still whining! Go home and sleep! We told you you cannot win with a tribal candidate!

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