In one of those unprecedented situations, Zambia has a female acting president.
Margaret Mwanakatwe, the country’s foreign minister is running the country for a while since both the president and deputy president are out of the country.
President Edgar Lungu is in Namibia for the 38th Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Summit of Heads of State and Government. Inonge Wina, his deputy, and one of the female vice presidents in Africa, is in Turkey on an official visit.
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Before departing, President Lungu signed an executive order to temporarily hand over powers to Mwanakatwe as per the country’s law.
When such situations play in other Anglophone countries, the speaker of the national assembly is the one who usually takes over.