Zambia President Michael Sata is dead, country gets first white president

The President of Zambia, Michael Sata, has died at a hospital in London on Tuesday according to the government in Lusaka.

77-year-old President Sata who has not been seen in public since he left Zambia to address his counterparts at the UN General Assembly debate in New York last month died while receiving treatment in London for illness which can not yet verify.

Mr. Sata missed his address at the UN General Assembly and instead was rerouted to the UK after his health deteriorated.

Meanwhile, The government in Zambia has appointed Mr. Sata’s vice president Guy Scott to act as interim president for 90 days before a new election can be staged to pick a new leader.

Mr. Guy Scott who was born in Zambia thus becomes the first white president in any country in Africa since F. W. de Klerk of South Africa.

The acting President Scott says he does not intend to run for the election to replace the late Sata due to constitutional clause requiring that only Zambians whose parents have been born in the country can run for president.

Mr. Sata, a long time opposition leader in Zambia became president after his fourth attempt at the office.

He is the second Zambian president to die in office since Levy Mwanawasa in 2008.

Born in 1937, Mr. Sata is survived by his wife Christine Kaseba and children.


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