Started Sep 12, 2017 05:00PM UTC   •   Closed Oct 09, 2017 06:59AM UTC

What will happen next to Zambia's July 2017 "declaration of threatened emergency"?

In July 2017, Zambian President Edgar Lungu invoked Article 31 of the Zambian constitution, declaring a state of threatened emergency, which the National Assembly endorsed (All Africa, Foreign Policy). See Article 31 of Zambia's constitution about declarations of "threatened emergency" and Article 30 about declarations of "public emergency." Confused? Check our FAQ or ask us for help.


On 11 October, Zambia's 'declaration of threatened state of emergency' expired. Since answer option B specified that the expiration had to occur on 9 October, 90 days after its imposition, it is technically incorrect. For reasons yet known, Zambian government leaders' announcements of the expiration imply the decree expired as anticipated, 90 days after implementation even though October 9th would have been the 90th day. However its clear that this occurred on the 11th not the 9th. As such, none of the possible answer options are technically correct and GJ recommends voiding the question (Reuters). See our FAQ to learn about how we resolve questions and how scores are calculated.

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Possible Answer Crowd Forecast
It will be lifted, in part or in full, before 9 October 0.00%
It will expire on 9 October 80.50%
It will be extended, in part or in full, beyond 9 October 15.00%
It will be elevated, in part or in full, to a "declaration of public emergency" 0.00%
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