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Zambia gets white Vice President

TEAM: Vice President, Dr. Guy Scott, left, and Zambia's President, Michael Sata

ZAMBIA'S NEW President Michael Sata has recently swore in his 19-member cabinet, which includes white Vice President, Dr. Guy Scott.

Dr Scott, who has been Sata's political ally in the Patriotic Front (PF) party for a number of years, is the first white man to hold such a high position in post-independent Zambia.

The newly-appointed VP, of British-Scottish descent, was born in Livingstone, Zambia and studied economics at Cambridge University. He also holds a PhD in cognitive science from the University of Sussex in England.

Dr Scott says his appointment shows that the Zambia people are not racists.

"The whites and the Indians in Zambia are very happy because it shows that they are not up against the mindless prejudice," the vice president said in his first interview.

Under the constitution of Zambia, when a sitting president dies, the Vice President automatically becomes President but must run for election within 90 days.

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