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Vol 48 No 22

Published 2nd November 2007


Malawi

His friend Bob

President Mutharika seems to be buddying up to Zimbabwe's failing boss, which looks a bad move

Since he became President in 2004, Bingu wa Mutharika has confounded expectations that he would go on governing as his predecessor, Bakili Muluzi, did. His management of the economy has surprised and delighted Western donors, attracting much more aid. Less noticed has been the increasing closeness to Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe, which seems to be affecting Mutharika’s style of governance and, if it continues, could upset Malawi’s relations with some important international donors.

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