Zambia names white vice president as interim leader

October 29, 2014 1:08 pm
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Vice President Guy Scott has regularly stood in for the president at official events in recent months, but he is of Scottish descent which could make him ineligible to take over the presidency as his parents were not born in Zambia/AFP
Vice President Guy Scott has regularly stood in for the president at official events in recent months, but he is of Scottish descent which could make him ineligible to take over the presidency as his parents were not born in Zambia/AFP

, LUSAKA, Zambia, Oct 29 – Zambian Vice President Guy Scott was named acting head of state Wednesday following the death of President Michael Sata, making him Africa’s first white leader since South Africa’s FW de Klerk.

Defence and Justice Minister Edgar Lungu said Scott would occupy the office until an election is held, likely to be within 90 days.

“Dr Scott will act as president of the Republic of Zambia until the country goes for a presidential by-election” said Lungu.

The announcement averts a possible constitutional crisis that could have seen Lungu and Scott vie for power.

Lungu, a powerful figure in the ruling Patriotic Front, had been named acting president by Sata when the late leader left for Britain for medical treatment.

Sata died on Tuesday at London’s Edward VII Hospital of an undisclosed ailment. READ: Zambian President Michael Sata dead

“The government remains intact and so does the Patriotic Front as a party. We shall update on each decision made in this regard,” said Lungu.

Scott and Lungu belong to rival factions within the ruling party.

However Scott, 70, is not eligible to become president because of foreign parentage rules in Zambia’s 1996 constitution.

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