Zambia's ruling party has chosen Vice President Rupiah Banda as its candidate in
the presidential election triggered by the death of Levy
Following his nomination Friday, Banda told
supporters that his goals are to unite the party and the country and to continue
the policies established by the late president.
The ruling Movement for
Multiparty Democracy chose Banda at a meeting in the capital, Lusaka. Banda has
been serving as Zambia's acting president since Mr. Mwanawasa's death last
President Mwanawasa was laid to rest in Lusaka on Wednesday. On
Thursday, Zambian state television broadcast his farewell message to the nation,
recorded in 2005.
In the message, the late president said he had tried to
improve Zambians' living standards, and urged future governments to continue
He made no reference to
who he thought should succeed him.
The late president died in a Paris
hospital on August 19th, nearly two months after suffering a stroke in
No election date has been set, but the poll must take place within
90 days of Mr. Mwanawsa's death. Vice President Banda will face a challenge from
opposition leader Michael Sata.