Rupiah was inaugurated as president of the Republic of Zambia on 2nd November 2008. He appointed George Kunda as his vice president on 14th November 2008.
On 28th July 2011, President Rupiah Banda dissolved the 2006-2011 Parliament and set Tuesday September 20, 2011 as the day for presidential and local government elections.
However, before Parliament was dissolved on 28th July 2011 his Cabinet was as follows:
After the elections on 20th September 2011, vote counting finished on 23rd September 2011 when the incumbent was defeated.
According to results released at about 01:34 hours on 23rd September 2011, Sata polled 1,150,045 or 43 percent of the votes against his closest rival Rupiah B Banda who had 961,796 or 36.1 percent of the total votes.
The following day, at around 11:00hrs, Rupiah addressed the nation and conceded defeat and said that “they had tried their best, but it was not good enough.”
Consequently at 15:00hrs on 23rd September 2011, the same day, After inauguration Michael C Sata became the 5th democratically elected Zambian president.
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