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FILE PHOTO: Zambian President Edgar Lungu reacts after participating in a discussion at the World Economic Forum on Africa 2017 meeting in Durban, South Africa May 4, 2017. REUTERS/Rogan Ward


LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambian President Edgar Lungu will seek parliament's approval to impose emergency laws, he said on Wednesday, after a fire gutted the country's biggest market in what Lungu said was a politically motivated arson attack.

Lungu said the fire in the nation's capital on Tuesday "bordered on economic sabotage" and was aimed at making the country ungovernable.

(Reporting by Chris Mfula; Writing by Tiisetso Motsoeneng; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)