Republic of Zambia
Political Status: Independent republic within the Commonwealth since October 24, 1964; under one-party, presidential-parliamentary system from 1972 to adoption of multiparty constitution on August 29, 1991.
Area: 290,584 sq. mi. (752,614 sq. km).
Population: 13,933,726 (2012E—UN); 14,309,466 (2012E—U.S. Census).
Major Urban Center (2005E): LUSAKA (metropolitan area, 1,647,000).
Official Language: English.
Monetary Unit: Kwacha (official rate November 5, 2012: 5,160.47 kwachas = $1US).
President: Rupiah BANDA (Movement for Multiparty Democracy); popularly elected in a by-election on October 30, 2008, to fill the unexpired five-year term of Levy Patrick MWANAWASA (Movement for Multiparty Democracy), who died on August 19; inaugurated on November 2.
Vice President: George KUNDA (Movement for Multiparty Democracy); appointed by the president on November 14, 2008.
Landlocked Zambia, the former British protectorate of Northern Rhodesia, is bordered by the ...