Zambia's new president keeps Chikwanda as finance minister

January 26, 2015 9:51 AM

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LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambia's new President Edgar Lungu on Monday retained Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda to help turn around a stuttering economy, after securing a narrow victory in last week's presidential poll.

Lungu's campaign focused on tapping into the grassroots support base of former leader Michael Sata, who died in office in October aged 77. Sata won over the working class by funding infrastructure projects in poor, rural areas.

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