Malawi welcomes new president–former president boycotts event
Newscast Media LILONGWE—Still reeling from the loss in the recently-held Malawi
election, former President Joyce Banda refused to attend the inauguration of the man
who defeated her.
Nevertheless, Peter Mutharika has been inaugurated Malawi’s fifth president. The
ceremony marks the end of a chaotic election period. Outgoing President Joyce Banda
blamed her election loss on voter fraud.
According to Deutsche Welle, crowds gathered in Malawi’s commercial capital,
Blantyre, to witness the inauguration. Peter Mutharika becomes the country’s fifth
leader since the country’s independence from Britain in 1964. His brother, Bingu wa
Mutharika, ruled the country for eight years before he died of a heart attack in 2012.
“We are determined to change the direction of the economy,” the new president
promised the crowd. Malawi’s economy was a key issue during the electoral
campaign. As his running-mate and vice-president, Peter Mutharika chose Saulos
Chilima, an economist and manager of a telecommunications firm.
While running for president, Mutharika blamed Banda for failing to manage the
country, particularly the economy.