LUSAKA, Dec 27 (Reuters) - Zambia's central bank on Friday left its benchmark lending rate unchanged at 9.75 percent for the seventh straight month, saying it expected upward inflation pressures stemming from food prices and a weaker kwacha currency.
In a statement, the bank's monetary policy committee said the current relatively tight policy stance was appropriate to mitigate these inflation risks.
(Reporting by Chris Mfula; Writing by Stella Mapenzauswa; Editing by Ed Stoddard) Keywords: ZAMBIA RATES/
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