Although Zambians may have been expecting their president's death it has nonetheless left many in a state of shock.Following President Michael Sata’s passing on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, Vice President Guy Scott was named interim leader of Zambia (as dictated by the Zambian constitution) until national elections take place within 90 days. On the night of Monday, November 4, however, riots broke out after Interim President Scott announced that he would dismiss General Secretary Edgar Lungu from his role as leader of the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party, without revealing the details behind his decision. Some observers have argued that Scott’s move was a power play to remove Lungu from becoming a top contender for the PF’s presidential candidate as Lungu is from an opposing faction within the PF party. On Tuesday, Scott reversed his decision and restored Lungu to the role of secretary general in the hopes of stemming the protests. On Wednesday, the riots dissipated, and Lungu has since made statements in full faith of the Zambian democratic system and the capacity of the PF to put forward a worthy candidate for the presidential elections, despite factional struggles.