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Outgoing Zambian president feels 'relief that this is over'

The new president of Zambia, Michael Sata, has been sworn in, ending 20 years of power by the previous governing party.

The outgoing president Rupiah Banda, of the Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD), said that maybe his party had failed to understand what the people really wanted and it was time for the new generation to take over.

"From deep inside me, I feel a kind of relief that this is over and that it has been done in a democratic and civilised way", Mr Banda told the BBC's Focus on Africa programme.

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  • 23 Sep 2011
  • From the section Africa
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