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Zambian president dies in Paris

Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa has died in the Percy Military Hospital in Paris after being hospitalised there for more than a month, Vice President Rupiah Banda said yesterday.
Banda said on television that Mwanawasa died at 10:30 am (1730 Macau time) yesterday.
Banda appealed to his fellow citizens to remain calm and announced that Zambia will observe a seven-day mourning period from yesterday.
Mwanawasa, who would turn 60 in several months, suffered a stroke on June 29 in Sharm-el-Sheik, Egypt, where he was to attend the African Union summit.
He was admitted into Sharm-el-Sheik International Hospital and transferred on July 1 to the Percy Military Hospital in Paris.
The president's condition suddenly worsened Sunday night, Banda said Monday.
According to the Zambian Constitution, a presidential election is to be called within 90 days if the president dies in office.