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LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — Zambia’s government says it wants to know what the country’s main carrier is doing to help passengers stranded when the airline suddenly suspended service over the weekend.

Privately owned Zambian Airways is blaming high fuel prices and debt for the need to ground its planes. Zambian Minister of Transport and Communication Dora Siliya said in Lusaka on Wednesday that the government was concerned about the stranded passengers. She complained that the airline had had not officially notified the government about its suspension of operations.

Zambian Airways had emerged as the country’s leading airline after government-owned Zambia Airways was shut down in 1994. Zambian Airways flew to South Africa and Tanzania.

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