Zambia appoints first post-apartheid white president in sub-Saharan Africa

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Zambian President Michael Sata, once dubbed “Mr. King Cobra” for his sharp-tongued remarks, died in a London hospital after a long illness, the Zambian government said Wednesday. Vice President Guy Scott, a white Zambian of Scottish descent, was appointed acting president of the southern African nation until elections are held within 90 days.

Scott is the first white leader of an sub-Saharan African nation since F.W. de Klerk, the last president of South Africa under apartheid, the white racist regime that ended in 1994.

Scott, a 70-year-old former agriculture minister, has said he has no presidential ambitions, and he cannot in any case become a fully empowered president because his parents were born outside Zambia, according to analysts.

Story compiled from Associated Press.

Controversial political figure passes away at 77

Zambian President Michael Sata, once dubbed "Mr. King Cobra" for his sharp-tongued remarks, died in a London hospital after a long illness, the Zambian government said Wednesday. Vice President Guy Scott, a white Zambian of Scottish descent, was appointed acting president of the southern African nation until elections are held within 90 days.