Malawi

Mutharika wins Malawi's presidential election

Peter MutharikaLilongwe (Malawi), May 31 : Malawi's opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate Peter Mutharika has emerged winner of the May 20 presidential race in the southern African country, the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) said Friday.

Mutharika, the 74-year-old brother of the late former President Bingu wa Mutharika, was elected president of the country after garnering 36.4 percent of the votes cast, Xinhua quoted MEC as saying.

Couple jailed in Malawi for gay wedding

Steven Monjeza (L)-Tiwonge ChimbalangaIn Malawi, a gay couple wedded and this landed them in trouble as they were booked under sodomy conviction. They may face sentence to the maximum of 14 years of imprisonment with hard labor.

The two guy Tiwonge Chimbalaga and steven Monjeza were arrested on 28th December accused of violating the order of nature after their symbolic wedding. This was the first such case in the country.

Madonna's school coming up fast in Malawi

Lilongwe (Malawi), Jan 10 - The white placard is rather nondescript, but it marks a unique construction site on the rolling meadows outside Malawian capital Lilongwe - a school being built by pop star Madonna who has adopted two children from the country.

The small southern African state, with a population of 13.5 million, had first seen an influx of tabloid journalists jetting into its small airport in 2006, when Madonna adopted a Malawian boy, David Banda. She already has two biological children, Lourdes and Rocco.

Last year, she adopted another Malawian child, a girl this time, Chifundo 'Mercy' James. But both times she had run into initial legal troubles, as both the children had one living parent, despite being brought up in an orphanage.

Ansari leaves Malawi for Botswana

Lilongwe (Malawi), Jan. 9 : Vice-President Mohammmad Hamid Ansari left Malawian capital Lilongwe this morning after completing a fruitful three-day official state visit. Malawian Vice- President Joyce Banda and senior ministers and officials of the Malawian saw Ansari off from the Kamuzu International Airport.

The visiting dignitary was accorded a traditional Malawian send-off by folk dancers and drummers.

Malawi seeks Indian help in uranium exploration

Malawi seeks Indian help in uranium explorationLilongwe (Malawi), Jan 9 - Malawi has expressed interest in the joint exploration of potential uranium sites as the southern African country, where China has come in as a big player, sought India's help in shoring up energy security and in building its port and other infrastructure.

"We have already one working mine in Karonga. We can work with India to jointly explore other sites," Malawian Vice President Joyce Banda told reporters after talks with visiting Indian Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari and witnessing the signing of three agreements.

India, Malawi strengthen bilateral cooperation through three new pacts

India, Malawi strengthen bilateral cooperation through three new pactsLilongwe (Malawi), Jan. 9 : India and Malawi today inked three agreements to strengthen bilateral cooperation in key areas of interaction.

Ansari, Indian entourage visit famous Lake Malawi

Ansari, Indian entourage visit famous Lake MalawiLilongwe (Malawi), Jan. 9 : Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari and the entourage accompanying him on his three-nation Africa tour visited Lake Malawi, the African continent''s third largest lake on Friday.

Ansari urges Malawi Indians to harness potential for bilateral cooperation

Ansari urges Malawi Indians to harness potential for bilateral cooperationLilongwe (Malawi), Jan. 9 : Interacting with members of the Indian community here on Friday evening, Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari urged them to utilise every opportunity and undertake every initiative to harness the potential for cooperation that exists in various areas.

India's vice president goes to Botswana in search of diamonds

India's vice president goes to Botswana in search of diamondsLilongwe (Malawi), Jan 9 - India is a on a diamond search in the southern African state of Botswana from where it hopes to increase the direct access of Indian companies to rough diamonds, rather than through middlemen.

This purpose had already been articulated by Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari, who will reach Botswana Saturday afternoon from Malawi on the last leg of his tri-nation tour in Southern Africa that took him first to Zambia.

India, Malawi should use Pan African E- Network to re-energize bilateral ties: Ansari

Mohammad Hamid AnsariLilongwe (Malawi), Jan. 8 : India and Malawi should use the Pan African E- Network to re-energize existing bilateral ties, said visiting Indian Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari.

Highlighting the historic ties of friendship and cooperation between India and Malawi during a speech delivered at a State Dinner hosted on Thursday in his honor by Malawian President Dr. Bingu Wa Mutharika, Ansari said this relationship built upon shared values and traditions should use the network to bridge the socio-economic and digital divide.

Ansari visits Civic Offices in Malawian capital, hopes to re-invigorate ties

Ansari visits Civic Offices in Malawian capital, hopes to re-invigorate tiesLilongwe (Malawi), Jan. 8 : Indian Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari and his wife Salma Ansari today visited the Malawian Government''s Civic Offices soon after his arrival here from Zambian capital Lusaka on a three-day official visit.

Malawian Vice-President Joyce Banda and other senior ministers and officials received Ansari and the Indian delegation at the offices.

Vice-President Ansari arrives in Malawi

Vice-President Ansari arrives in MalawiLilongwe (Malawi), Jan. 8 : Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari arrived in Malawian capital Lilongwe from Zambia capital Lusaka on Thursday afternoon on a three-day state visit.

Malawi''s Vice-President Joyce Banda and other dignitaries of the Malawian Government received Vice-President Ansari at the Kamuzu International Airport here.

The visiting Indian Vice-President was accorded a ceremonial welcome that included a guard of honor by armed red and black uniformed guards, colorfully attired Malawian female folk dancers and drummers.

India extends $50 mn credit to Malawi

India extends $50 mn credit to MalawiLilongwe (Malawi), Jan 8 - India has extended a line of credit of $50 million to the small land-locked African nation of Malawi which has invited Indian companies for investment in hydropower, farmlands and mining including uranium. As the first Indian leader to visit Malawi, a nation of 13.5 million sandwiched between Zambia and Mozambique, Vice President Mohammed Hamid Ansari announced Thursday evening the soft loans and grants at a state banquet hosted by Malawian President Bingu Wa Mutharika.

I am a Delhiwala and product of India: Malawi president

I am a Delhiwala and product of India: Malawi presidentLilongwe (Malawi), Jan 8 - From reminiscing about his days in Delhi to his fondness for bhangra, the president of the small, land-locked southern African nation of Malawi praised Indian education, pointing out that he was a "product of India."

Indian vice president arrives in Malawi

Mohammad-Hamid-AnsariLilongwe (Malawi), Jan 7 : Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari Thursday arrived in Malawi, a small land-locked country in Africa, - the first Indian leader to visit the country.

Ansari was received by the Malawian Vice President Joyce Banda at the Kamuzu International Airport.

IThe small land locked nation of 13 million people covers an area of 118,488 sq km.

The Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika had obtained a Bachelor of Commerce and Masters in Economics from Delhi University.

BBC: Malawi court overturns ban on Madonna getting Mercy

BBC: Malawi court overturns ban on Madonna getting MercyBlantyre, Malawi - Malawi's highest court on Friday overturned a ban on US popstar a adopting a second child from an orphanage in the impoverished southern African country, the BBC reported.

The Supreme Court of Appeal in the southern city of Blantyre overturned a ruling by the High Court in April barring the 50-year- old singer from adopting a little sister for her adoptive son, David Banda, also from Malawi.

Madonna to find out Friday whether she gets Mercy

Madonna to find out Friday whether she gets MercyLilongwe, Malawi - A Malawian court is due to rule on Friday on US popstar Madonna's appeal of an earlier decision barring her from adopting a little girl from the southern African country, where she took custody of a baby boy three years ago.

In April, the High Court in Malawi's capital Lilongwe turned down Madonna's application for an interim 18-month custody order for four-year-old Chifundo (Mercy) James.

The court said Madonna was not eligible to adopt as she had not been resident in the country for 18 months.

Final results show huge win for president's party in Malawi vote

Final results show huge win for president's party in Malawi voteBlantyre, Malawi - Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika's party won last week's parliamentary elections by a landslide, a mere four years after its formation, the final results from the country's electoral commission showed Monday.

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won 114 seats out of 193 in the lower house of parliament, against 26 seats for its nearest rival, the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) of John Tembo.

Malawi's President Mutharika sworn in for second term

Malawi's President Mutharika sworn in for second termBlantyre, Malawi  - Bingu wa Mutharika was sworn in as Malawi's president for a second five-year term Friday in the presence of regional leaders after a landslide win in Tuesday's elections.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and Zambian President Rupiah Banda were among a handful of African leaders that attended the inauguration ceremony in Kamuzu Stadium in the southern commercial capital of Blantyre.

Mutharika's former-backer-turned-rival, ex-president Bakili Muluzi was also present.

Malawi's Mutharika to be sworn in Friday for second term

Malawi electionBlantyre, Malawi - Malawi's Bingu wa Mutharika was set to be sworn in as president for a second five-year term Friday in the presence of regional leaders, after a landslide win in Tuesday's elections.

Malawi's electoral commission declared Mutharika, 75, elected president early Friday after results from 93 per cent of voting stations were counted.

Muthairka won around 2.7 million votes against around 1.3 million votes for his nearest rival, opposition leader John Tembo

He has ruled the impoverished country of 13 million people since 2004.



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