Zambia appoints Africa's first white leader in 20 years

Zambia has appointed Guy Scott to be its interim leader until an election can be held, making him the continent's first white head of state in 20 years.

Zambia's new interim leader Guy Scott Credit: REUTERS/Larry Downing/Files

Guy Scott, a Cambridge-educated economist born to Scottish parents, was previously vice president in the central African country.

His appointment follows the death of Zambia's President Michael Sata in a London hospital following an unspecified illness.

Mr Scott, 70, is the first white head of state in an African country since South Africa's apartheid government of F.W. de Klerk. He is not eligible to stand in the forthcoming presidential elections due to citizenship restrictions.