The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Nov. 2, 2012.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011.
By United Press International
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Sata takes over in Zambia

LUSAKA, Zambia, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Michael "King Cobra" Sata has won Zambia's presidential election, besting incumbent Rupiah Banda, the country's election officials said.

Challenger has lead in Zambian vote

LUSAKA, Zambia, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Michael Sata, leader of the opposition Patriotic Front, appeared to be leading Thursday in his bid to oust Zambia's president, election figures showed.

Security tight for elections

LUSAKA, Zambia, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Zambians voted Tuesday amid tight security to pick a new president with incumbent Rupiah Banda expected to win another term.

Zambian president: No election violence

LUSAKA, Zambia, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Zambian President Rupiah Banda appealed to voters Monday to respect the law and avoid violence as the country heads into a charged election.

New Zambia president says 'much to do'

LUSAKA, Zambia, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Newly sworn-in Zambian President Rupiah Banda says that despite recent progress, there is "still much to do" in the southern African nation.

Banda declared Zambia president

LUSAKA, Zambia, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Rupiah Banda has been declared president of the African nation of Zambia with 40 percent of the vote, compared to Michael Sata's 38 percent, officials said.

Opposition leader ahead in Zambia election

LUSAKA, Zambia, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Opposition leader Michael Sata was leading in the presidential election in the South African country of Zambia, results indicated Friday.

Zambians vote on new president

LUSAKA, Zambia, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Zambians went to the polls Thursday to elect a new president after disputes among political parties were resolved, an election official said.

Myanmar's Chinese crisis

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- The massed peaceful demonstrations by Buddhist monks, now joined by nuns and civilians, represent not only the most dramatic challenge in a decade to the military government of Myanmar. They also, according to Indian analysts, represent a nationalist protest against the perceived looting of the Myanmar economy by China.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Disputed Zambian president sworn in

LUSAKA, Zambia, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa was sworn in for a second term in Lusaka Tuesday as his rival vowed to investigate poll results.

Controversy, riot dog Zambian election

LUSAKA, Zambia, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- When initial results in the race for the Zambian presidency were revealed this week, the sudden fall of the Patriotic Front's nominee caused a riot.

Long lines of voters in Zambian election

LUSAKA, Zambia, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- The polls opened Thursday in Zambia's presidential election, creating long lines of people waiting several hours to vote.

Michael Chilufya Sata (born 1937) is a leader of an opposition political party (Patriotic Front) in Zambia. Prior to forming his party, Mr. Sata had being a minister in the Chiluba led Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) government. As a leader of the opposition Patriotic Front (PF), Sata, popularly known as "King Cobra", emerged as the leading opposition presidential contender and rival to the late President Levy Mwanawasa in the 2006 presidential election, but was defeated. Today. Mr. Sata's led Patriotic front still remains the main opposition political party.

Micheal Chilufya Sata was born and brought up in Mpika, Northern Province. He worked as a police officer , railway man and trades unionist before during the colonial rule. Mr. Sata began actively participating in politics of the then, Nothern Rhodesia in 1963. He worked his way up through the rough-and-tumble rank-and-file of the former ruling United National Independence Party (UNIP) to the governorship of Lusaka in 1985. As Governor he made his mark as a man of action with a hands on approach. He cleaned up the streets, patched roadways and built bridges in the city. Afterward he became a Member of Parliament for Kabwata constituency in Lusaka. Though once close with then President Kenneth Kaunda, he became disillusioned by Kaunda's dictatorial style and he left the UNIP to join the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) during the campaign for multi-party politics in the 1991.

After Frederick Chiluba defeated Kaunda in 1991, Sata became one of Zambia's most instantly recognisable faces. Under the MMD, he served as minister for local government, labour and, briefly, health where, he boasts, his "reforms brought sanity to the health system".

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