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Malawi welcomes new president--former president boycotts event



by Joseph Earnest  June 2, 2014   


Newscast Media LILONGWEStill 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.  Add Comments>>


















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