LONDON — Zambian President Michael Sata, a longtime opposition leader who rose to power in 2011, has died after an illness in London.
Sata died shortly after 11 p.m. on Tuesday at London’s King Edward VII hospital, where he was being treated, Zambian Cabinet secretary Roland Msiska said in a statement. The president had credited his move into politics to time he had spent in London during the 1960s.
The president’s death comes just days after Zambia celebrated the 50th anniversary of independence from the UK.
Zambia’s Cabinet held a meeting to discuss a political transition, which would include elections within 90 days in the southern African region. Defence Minister Edgar Lungu was appointed acting president when Sata traveled to London earlier this month. The vice president is Guy Scott, a white Zambian whose appointment in 2011 caused a stir in Zambia. Read more…
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