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Vol 55 No 1

Published 10th January 2014


Zambia

The politics of health

President Sata’s physical condition is the factor on which all else hangs, especially the sharpening divisions in his party

Age and ill health will restrict President Michael Chilufya Sata’s public appearances this year, fuelling speculation that he will not be fit enough to contest the 2016 general elections. Tension within the governing Patriotic Front will escalate as rival leaders and factions jockey for position to replace him as its presidential candidate. Unless President Sata starts to manage the succession process more effectively, this tension could lead to the breakdown of the PF. That may be the opposition’s only hope of establishing a substantial presence.

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