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Zambians Bury Late President Mwanawasa


The late Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa has been buried on what would have been his 60th birthday.

More than a dozen African heads of state and government were in Zambia Wednesday to attend the state funeral, including Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe.

Mr. Mwanawasa broke away from other Africa leaders to strongly criticize Mr. Mugabe, once referring to Zimbabwe as a "sinking Titanic."

President Mwanawasa died August 19 in Paris where he was being treated for a stroke he suffered in June.

Vice President Rupiah Banda is acting as head of government until new elections are called. Zambia's constitution says the polls must be held within 90 days of the president's office becoming vacant.

Mr. Mwanawasa won presidential elections in 2001 and 2006.

He won praise for working to fight corruption and control inflation, although most Zambians under his rule remained mired in poverty.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.