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LUSAKA, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) – -The United States government is confident that next week’s presidential by-election in Zambia will be peaceful, U.S. ambassador to Zambia Donald Booth said here on Thursday.

    Booth said that Zambia has an admirable commitment to democratic principles which other countries in the southern African region should learn from.

    “Others have much to learn from your examples of peaceful and smooth transitions from one government to another, as well as your strong tradition of adherence to the rule of law,” the US envoy said, when he presented his credentials to Zambian acting President Rupiah Banda.

    The U.S. envoy said Zambia’s tradition of peaceful elections and respect for the will of the people will prevail as the election campaign season comes to a close.

    Zambians go to polls next week to elect a new leader to replace late president Levy Mwanawasa who died on Aug. 19. The four presidential candidates are currently conducting campaigns, which have been marred by pockets of violence from different parts of the country.

    Meanwhile the U.S. envoy pledged that his government will continue to help Zambia in attaining economic development. He said the American development assistance is intended to serve as a catalyst to boost Zambia’s development efforts aimed at expanding economic growth.

    The US has this year provided about 300 million U.S. dollars to Zambia and the new envoy said plans are underway to sustain next year.

Editor: Sun Yunlong