48 members of parliament in Zambia have been suspended from the institution after they boycotted a speech by president Edgar Lungu.
The United Party for National Development (UPND) politicians have been barred from taking their seats for 30 days, a move that banned them from the building and stopped their pay.
The group had boycotted Lungu's speech and said he was not the legitimate winner of elections.
Africa correspondent JJ Cornish has more.
The opposition party is saying the country is moving towards dictatorship.— JJ Cornish, EWN correspondent
The speaker is saying, well if you do not accept this man as your head of state, then you should resign as MPs. It is the latest round in the battle that the government party is having with the opposition.— JJ Cornish, EWN correspondent
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