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Vol 46 No 14

Published 8th July 2005


Malawi

Deadlock

Personal rivalries, not political differences, have tied the government in knots

The late Rodwell Munyenyembe has been feted as a martyr of democracy since, as parliamentary Speaker, he collapsed on 23 June while trying to calm a row between ministers and opposition spokesmen, and died four days later. This sad event did nothing to cool the nation's political passions. The row has swelled into a crisis, with the opposition determined both to block the budget for the year to come, proposed by Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe, and to impeach President Bingu wa Mutharika.

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