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Opposition’s Sata sworn in as Zambia’s fifth president

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Thousands of jubilant people witnessed the inauguration of Michael Sata becoming Zambia’s fifth President.More than 5,000 supporters thronged the Supreme Court grounds in the capital Lusaka where President Sata, who was yesterday declared winner of Tuesday elections, took oath of office.President Sata arrived at the Supreme Court in the company of his predecessor – Rupiah Banda, and Zambia’s founding President Kenneth Kaunda.Addressing the gathering after taking oath of office before chief justice Ernest Sakala, who doubles as returning officer of presidential elections, President Sata thanked Zambians for their confidence in him and voting for him and his Patriotic Front (PF) party.“As we move into the next chapter of Zambia’s history, I had liked to recognise the peaceful and orderly transaction of power. It will be amiss of me if I did not acknowledge and thank my predecessor President Rupiah Bwezani Banda’s contribution to this transaction,” said 74-year-old Sata, saying he will treasure the Presidency.Mr Banda had earlier conceded defeat and urged Zambians to rally behind his successor..More info Click here

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