Thousands Attend Funeral Of Zambia's President


More than 50-thousand mourners and several African leaders on Tuesday attended the funeral of Zambia's President Michael Sata in a stadium in the country's capital, Lusaka.
Sata, 77, served as president of the southern African nation since 2011.
He died in a London hospital on October 28 after a long illness.
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe and Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta were in attendance, along with heads of state from Namibia and Madagascar and vice presidents from South Africa, Tanzania and Swaziland.
The stadium was filled to capacity with hundreds more waiting outside the gates.
The funeral was broadcast live on Zambian public television with large screens erected around the country for the public to watch.
According to the country's constitution, Zambia must elect a new president within 90 days of Sata's death.
Vice President, Guy Scott, is interim president but cannot become president because his parents were not Zambian or of Zambian descent.
A date for the presidential election has not yet been set.

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