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Vol 54 N0 4

Published 15th February 2013


Malawi

Banda takes on her deputy

The President is at loggerheads with her deputy just as she tries to strengthen her party in Parliament

President Joyce Banda wants to build a parliamentary majority from defectors from the Democratic People’s Party to her own People’s Party. She founded the PP after the late President Bingu wa Mutharika expelled her from the DPP. Now she wants some former colleagues back. Members of parliament must face by-elections if they switch party but the relevant clause has been suspended by legal action. In the midst of this, Banda appears to be undermining her Vice-President, Khumbo Kachali.

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