Zambia power struggle as doubts grow over president's health

File photo of Zambia President Michael Sata, who has not been seen in public for more than two months, prompting a behind-the-scenes power struggle to succeed himAiling Zambian President Michael Sata has not been seen in public for more than two months, prompting a behind-the-scenes power struggle to succeed him. Publicly at least, the government of this copper-rich nation maintains that 77-year-old Sata — once nicknamed “King Cobra” — is in sound health and is discharging his duties as normal. “There is a power struggle because those that are close to him know that he is not strong enough to live much longer, and they have advanced their preparations for elections,” political scientist Neo Simutanyi told AFP. If the president dies in office or steps down for health reasons, the cabinet will name an acting president.

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