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Zambia to vote for new president on January 20

18 November 2014, 19:06

Lusaka - Zambia's acting president on Tuesday announced that a special election to replace the country's late leader will be held on January 20 next year.

The polls come after the 77-year-old president Michael Sata passed away in London in October from an undisclosed ailment.

Guy Scott said the elections will be held in accordance with the Zambian constitution, within 90 days of Sata's death.

"The presidential by-election shall be held on Tuesday 20 January 2015," said Scott.

Both the ruling Patriotic Front and the opposition Movement for Multiparty Democracy enter the campaign split by leadership battles.

The battle to take control of Sata's party has spilled into the courts and former president Rupiah Banda has said he will run for the MMD party, a claim contested by the party leader.

Guy Scott's parents are not Zambian, so he is barred from running under the current constitution.

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