Zambia: Tearful Banda concedes defeat

2011-09-23 11:32
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Michael Sata was elected as the new Zambian President and took office from Rupiah Banda. The elections were marred by reports of violence in impoverished areas of the country during the elections.

Lusaka - Wiping away a tear, Zambian president Rupiah Banda conceded electoral defeat on Friday to opposition leader Michael Sata and urged his supporters in Africa's biggest copper producer to accept the result peacefully.

"The people of Zambia have spoken and we must all listen," Banda told a news conference, with his wife Thandiwe standing at his side. "Now is not the time for violence and retribution. Now is the time to unite and build tomorrow's Zambia together.

"My generation, the generation of the independence struggle, must now give way to new ideas, ideas for the 21st century."

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