Africa President Sata's death tests Zambia's history of peaceful political transition

Zambia's President Michael Sata is the second sitting president to pass away in office in the past six years. The country's reputation as a progressive democracy gives observers hope for a peaceful transfer of power.

By , Correspondent

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Zambia is facing a snap leadership transition after the unexpected death of President Michael Sata overnight in London. But the country's past success in peacefully handing over power has kept concerns of unrest at bay on a continent where power struggles are common.