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MMD Candidate Withdraws from Kafulafuta Race

Supporters of Zambian President Rupiah Banda dance with party flags  in the capital Lusaka as he launches his 2011 election campaignOpposition Movement for Multi Party Democracy (MMD) candidate for the Kafulafuta parliamentary by-election Evelyn Mwanawasa has withdrawn her candidature after being hospitalized due to high blood pressure.

Family spokesperson Gladys Lundwe said the family had decided that Mwanawasa withdraws on medical grounds.

She said the family would not risk the health of their relative for political ends.

Evelyn is the sister of former Republican president Levy Mwanawasa and was seen as a strong contender for the Kafulafuta by-election given the legacy left by the deceased president in his home village.

Lundwe said the family was yet to inform the MMD about their decision.

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