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Lusaka - Zambian opposition lawmakers have applied to the speaker of parliament to table a motion this week seeking to impeach President Levy Mwanawasa for allegedly violating the constitution, an official said on Wednesday.
The opposition deputies, who last week boycotted parliamentary sessions in protest against the appointment of a new vice president Nevers Mumba, will on Wednesday take up their seats in anticipation of the impeachment debate, said Sakwiba Sikota, an opposition lawmaker.
"We have successfully filed the impeachment petition before the speaker. Constitutionally, the motion will have to be tabled for debate within seven days," said Sikota, who is also a prominent lawyer.
More than 53 lawmakers, including three from the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) have put their signatures to the impeachment motion expected to be tabled in parliament this week.
The opposition deputies have objected to the appointment of Mumba saying he did not legally qualify to hold a position of vice president.
The Zambian constitution says a person who lost in a general election cannot be nominated to sit in parliament, neither can he be appointed vice president or minister.
Mumba lost to Mwanawasa in the last presidential elections in December 2001. - Sapa-AFP