Zambia’s President Hakainde Hichilema has congratulated Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva on being elected President of Brazil.

President Hichilema says he looks forward to working together and enhance Zambia-Brazil relations.

The President said the win will strengthen the partnership between the two nations.

Mr Lula da Silva beat far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro in the presidential election.

After a divisive campaign which saw two bitter rivals on opposite sides of the political spectrum go head to head, Lula won 50.9% of the votes.

But the division which this election has highlighted is unlikely to vanish.

It is a stunning comeback for a politician who could not run in the last presidential election in 2018 because he was in jail and banned from standing for office.

He had been found guilty of receiving a bribe from a Brazilian construction firm in return for contracts with Brazil’s state oil company Petrobras.