September 23, 2011
A former British Rail cleaner was today declared the new president of Zambia.
Michael Sata, 74, is due to be sworn in later this morning as head of the southern African state.
The populist former opposition leader entered politics after an early career spent working as a platform cleaner and porter for Britain’s nationalised rail company.
But in the early hours of this morning it was confirmed he would now take the highest office in his native Zambia after beating the country’s incumbent president Rupiah Banda in a tense election.
Mr Sata’s victory was declared shortly after midnight by Zambia’s chief justice Ernest Sakala.
Election officials later said the opposition leader had won around 43 per cent of the vote, with Banda claiming just 36 percent.