New President in Zambia Sworn In
Seventy-two-year-old Rupiah Banda was sworn in as Zambia's new president Sunday after serving as interim president since the death of President Levy Mwanawasa in August. (CNN.com) The veteran ruling-party member promised to continue the governmental free-market policies that influentially expanded trade between China and one of the world's top copper producers.
Sworn in immediately after election results were published, Banda is challenged by his opposition rival's intention to contest the vote. The rival alleged irregularities such as the printing of extra ballot papers, although foreign observers of the election expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the poll.
According to official poll results, Banda won 40 percent of the vote and opposition leader Michael Sata, 38 percent, with two other candidates trailing far behind.
Banda intends to deal with the collapse in the price of copper, Zambia's main export, and to maintain strong links with China as his top priorities. No foreign-policy declarations have been made thus far.