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Monday, 7 January, 2002, 11:16 GMT
Familiar look to Zambian cabinet
Levy Mwanawasa
Mr Mwanawasa is accused of being Mr Chiluba's puppet
A new cabinet has been chosen by Zambia's new President Levy Mwanawasa, following his narrow victory in elections, marred by allegations of vote-rigging.

Mr Mwanawasa, retired President Frederick Chiluba's choice to succeed him, has tried to distance himself from his predecessor's record, promising to revive the economy and fight government corruption.

But he has kept many familiar faces in his first cabinet, which may revive accusations that he is still being strongly influenced by Mr Chiluba.

Michael Meadowcroft, chief observer of the EU electoral mission to Zambia
EU monitors said there had been irregularities in the elections

Emmanuel Kasonde who was President Chiluba's first finance minister when he was elected in 1991, returns to the post.

Katele Kalumba, who was finance minister under Mr Chiluba, is now foreign minister, and Enoch Kavindele remains vice president.

Anti-corruption

Mr Mwanawasa will hold the defence portfolio in the 19-member cabinet.


Zambia's third president, who was sworn-in last week, told MPs and his new ministers that he would not tolerate graft in his new government.

"Ministers will have no room for corruption or advancement of personal interest. Any betrayal of these ideals will lead to us parting company," he said.

However, the continuing controversy over the bitterly fought election is refusing to die down.

Opposition

The 53-year-old lawyer won less than 30% of the vote in the 27 December, with both local and international monitoring teams saying the poll was flawed. The opposition has vowed to bring its protests over the results to parliament, where the ruling party are just short of an overall majority.

It has until 16 January to lodge a legal appeal against the official results, based on their allegations of vote-rigging.

President Chiluba, Zambia's leader since 1991, stood down after protests prevented him amending the constitution and running for a third term.

But the opposition shot itself in the foot by not fielding a joint candidate against Mr Mwanawasa.

See also:

04 Jan 02 | Africa
Zambian opposition changes tack
03 Jan 02 | Africa
Concern mounts over Zambia poll
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