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The Patriotic Front movement is the Zambian ruling political party. It is currently the most widely supported political party in Zambia. The Party was formed by Michael Sata as a breakaway party of the MMD in 2001. This was after the then-president Frederick Chiluba nominated Levy Mwanawasa as the MMD's presidential candidate for 2001 elections. In the presidential election held on 27 December 2001 Sata won 3.4% of the vote. In the legislative elections on the same day the party won 2.8% of popular votes and 1 out of 158 seats. In the 2006 elections, the patriotic front came second winning 46 Constituencies out of the 158 Constituencies. The Patriotic Front swept local government seats in Copperbelt and Lusaka, and a large number of the urban constituencies in the Northern and Luapula provinces. (via Freebase)