Saturday, 24 September 2011

Opposition leader wins Zambian election

Opposition leader and PF candidate, Michael Sata has been sworn in as 5th president of Zambia. Sata ran on a platform of nationalism and has in the past been highly critical of foreign, and particularly Chinese, investors who he accuses of exploiting Zambian workers. It is unclear whether the stance he might take as president could upset the massive Eastern investment in the country's copper production but he has definitely succeeded in tapping into growing and wide-spread frustration with the way in which foreign investment has happened in Zambia. Sata's support is concentrated in urban areas and economic centres. He also, although I haven't heard anything about this recently, so perhaps he changed his position, was being attacked back in March for supporting gay rights.

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