Zambia to hold presidential by-election Jan. 20

November 18, 2014 4:05 PM

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Zambia to hold presidential by-election Jan. 20

LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambia's interim leader announced a presidential by-election on Jan. 20 and called for calm and tolerance amid concerns about a tense contest to succeed President Michael Sata, who died in office last month.

Interim president Guy Scott, who became the continent's first white leader since the 1994 end of apartheid in South Africa, said he hoped all contestants, both from the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) and opposition parties, would desist from violence.

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