President Michael Sata dies


President Michael Sata has died in a hospital in London after a long illness; he was 77 years old.

For months there had been speculation as to the health of the President, with long periods of absence and a sudden but secretive trip to Israel earlier this year. He made a brief appearance at two by-elections earlier this month as well as at the state opening of Parliament but failed to give an expected speech at the United Nations General Assembly. Speculation had been running high with the President’s office giving very little information.

Sata left for medical treatment in London on 19th October and at the time handed over to Defence Minister Edgar Lungu as the acting President. Vice-President Guy Scott is likely to take over as the new President although there is some question mark as to whether Edgar Lungu will be prepared to release control. There is a further quandary as to whether the white African, Guy Scott, will be able to stand for the Presidency in an election because both his parents were born outside the country.

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