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Vol 47 No 5

Published 3rd March 2006


Malawi

Bingu's gamble

Malawi's constitution does not empower presidents to sack vice-presidents, even those elected on the same ticket. Yet last month, President Bingu wa Mutharika told Vice-President Cassim Chilumpha to go. Attorney General Ralph Kasambara talks creatively of a 'constructive resignation', i.e. inferred, since the Veep stayed home in Blantyre when the government moved to the capital, Lilongwe, and missed most cabinet meetings and public functions. Chilumpha, a lawyer, denied he'd resigned.

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