An African country has a white democratic president for the first time ever, although he was not directly elected to office.
Guy Scott, who was born in Zambia and whose family is of Scottish descent, has been named the interim leader of Zambia following the death in London of president Michael Sata, aged 77.
Mr Scott, 77, was up until today vice-president of Zambia.
Under Zambian law, presidential elections for a permanent successor for Mr Sata must be held within three months.
A Zambian government source said: “It is true. We lost the President. The acting president will make a statement soon.”
An interim president is likely to succeed Sata and two candidates include defence minister Edgar Lungu, who stood in recently as acting president, and vice-president Guy Scott, who would become Africa's first white head of state since South Africa's FW de Klerk in 1994.