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Vol 55 No 10

Published 16th May 2014


Malawi

Clash of the dynasties

In general elections that promise to be the closest ever, the President is battling candidates who seek to return their families to power

Seven-and-a-half million Malawians go to the polls on 20 May for only the fourth time since multi-party democracy began in 1994 and it promises to be the closest contest yet. President Joyce Banda, standing on her People's Party (PP) ticket, faces ten other candidates from 53 registered parties. This is her first electoral test since succeeding to the presidency following the Byzantine intrigue over the death of President Bingu wa Mutharika in April 2012 (AC Vol 54 No 7, Lilongwe's treason trial). Banda's main competition for the presidency comes from three directions.

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