Lusaka - A councillor from Zambia's main opposition Patriotic Front party was on Monday elected mayor of the capital Lusaka by fellow members of the municipality.

Susan Nakazwe polled 31 votes against her nearest rival who received only seven, Lusaka town clerk Timothy Hakuyu announced.

"I therefore declared Susan Nakazwe as a duly elected mayor of the city of Lusaka," Hakuyu said.

Nakazwe is the second woman to head the city of Lusaka.

The position of deputy mayor also went to Steven Chilatu, another candidate for the Patriotic Front which won control of major municipalities in last month's general elections.

The Patriotic Front is headed by Michael Sata, who lost the presidential contest to incumbent Levy Mwanawasa but vowed to run a parallel government structure based on local authorities under his control. - Sapa-AFP