Michael Sata, Zambia President Dies

President Michael Sata of Zambia has died at the age of 77 in a London hospital on Tuesday after receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness, the country’s Minister of Finance, Alexander Chikwanda has said.

Chikwanda didn’t say whether Sata will be succeeded by his Vice-president Guy Scott. The deceased declining health had sparked a succession battle within the ruling Patriotic Front Party, threatening to unsettle one of Africa’s most stable nations.

In July the late Sata made a visit to Israel which government officials later said may have included some medical treatment. He appeared briefly in public last month but missed his scheduled speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Sata suffered a heart attack in 2008 but recovered following treatment in South Africa.

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