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By ZamChro Correspondent,


The Zambian government says it will not recognize the new government in Madagascar. Foreign Affairs Minister, Kabinga Pande, says Madagascar must be suspended from the African Union and the Southern African Development Community-SADC.


Mr. Pande said at a media briefing in Lusaka on Wednesday that government does not recognize the illegitimate government of Mr. Andry Rajoelina. He said the new government is unconstitutional and undemocratic.


Mr. Pande urged the international community to take appropriate action against the illegal government in Madagascar. Mr. Rajoelina took over power after President Marc Ravaromanana was forced to resign following weeks of protests.


Meanwhile, Minister of Mines has urged local companies to invest in Luanshya Copper mine.  Maxwell Mwale says no local investor has shown interest in taking over the mine. He says invitations for both local and international investors to carry out tests on the viability of Luanshya mine are still on.


The Minister told our correspondent in Lusaka that government has continued to receive submissions of studies carried out on the mine by interested parties. He also said the government is confident that this process will be finalized by the end of this year.


And Mr. Mwale said so far only Canadian, South African and Chinese firms have expressed interest in taking over the operations of the mine. Luanshya Copper Mine was this year shut-down due to operational problems.


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