Population: 15.02 mn.
GDP: 23.0 bn.
Debt: 4.3 bn.

After the death on 28 October 2014 of Michael Sata, a presidential by-election is to be held on 20 January. The opposition Movement for Multiparty Democracy and United National Independence Party are preparing for battle but the governing Patriotic Front is likely to benefit from its incumbency and also from the public's sympathy for the loss of its leader.

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  • Vol 56 No 3
  •  6th February 2015

Narrow win stretches nerves

The new President’s thin mandate leaves the internal faction-fighting little changed as he picks his cabinet

  • Vol 56 No 2
  •  23rd January 2015

PF set for victory

Edgar Lungu's surprise alliance with ex-President Banda – which may involve major policy compromises – should carry the day at the polls

  • Vol 55 No 24
  •  5th December 2014

The PF picks two candidates

The bitter split in the governing party is now before the courts. Yet the official candidate, whoever it is, may still have the best chance of winning

  • Vol 55 No 23
  •  21st November 2014

Queen-maker Scott

All previous calculations have been upset by the late President Michael Sata's widow, Christine Kaseba-Sata, announcing on 19 November that she will seek the Patriotic Front's nomination in the 20 January presidential election. Political pundits in Lusaka...

  • Vol 55 No 23
  •  21st November 2014

Foreign boost for opposition

Dignitaries and South African businessmen are trying to unite the opposition against the Patriotic Front

  • Vol 55 No 22
  •  7th November 2014

Fights before the funeral

The infighting began as soon as Michael Sata died and Guy Scott is trying to hold the ring between the different factions

  • Vol 55 No 21
  •  24th October 2014

Party rivalries grow as Sata ails

The President’s departure for medical treatment on the eve of the country’s 50th birthday seems to confirm the severity of his condition

  • Vol 55 No 20
  •  10th October 2014

Power struggle

Doubts about President Michael Sata’s health have heightened the power struggle in the governing Patriotic Front. The party’s focus is to ensure that Sata completes his term in office, however incapacitated, but the succession race is intens...

  • Vol 55 No 17
  •  29th August 2014

Sata sacks Kabimba

Bitter feuding in the Patriotic Front has led to dismissal of the President's preferred successor – from both party and government

  • Vol 55 No 15
  •  25th July 2014

No laughing matter

The governing Patriotic Front (PF) was in barely-concealed turmoil during President Michael Sata's week-long absence in Israel for medical treatment. Yet at the cabinet meeting on 14 July, Sata set off more political turbulence by making an injudicious jo...

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