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Vol 50 No 13

Published 26th June 2009


Malawi

On top and in charge

The May elections have given President Mutharika political dominance for the term that is meant to be his last

After his victory in the 19 May elections, President Bingu wa Mutharika and his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) dominate Malawi's political scene. Mutharika won 66% of the vote to 31% for his closest rival, John Tembo. This is a strong vote of confidence in the incumbent and of no-confidence in his more experienced rivals. Mutharika's DPP, which did not even exist during the 2004 elections, gained 114 of the National Assembly's 192 seats, a figure expected to rise to 137 after independent members of Parliament join the government party. That would give it well over the two-thirds majority required to amend the constitution.

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