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President of Malawi

The President of the Republic of Malawi is the head of state and head of government of Malawi. The president leads the executive branch of the Government of Malawi and is the commander-in-chief of the Malawian Defence Force.

President of the
Republic of Malawi
Mtsogoleri wa Dziko la Malawi (in Chichewa)
Flag of the President of Malawi.svg
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Incumbent
Peter Mutharika

since 31 May 2014
Executive branch of the Malawian Government
StyleHis Excellency (formal)
Member ofCabinet
SeatLilongwe
Term lengthFive years, renewable once consecutively
Constituting instrumentConstitution of Malawi
Formation6 July 1966
First holderHastings Banda
DeputyVice President of Malawi
SalaryUS$ 42,000 p.a.[1]
Websitewww.statehouse.mw

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Latest electionEdit

Candidate Party Votes %
Peter Mutharika Democratic Progressive Party 1,904,399 36.4
Lazarus Chakwera Malawi Congress Party 1,455,880 27.8
Joyce Banda People's Party 1,056,236 20.2
Atupele Muluzi United Democratic Front 717,224 13.7
Kamuzu Chibambo People's Transformation Party 19,360 0.4
Mark Katsonga Progressive Party Movement 15,830 0.3
John Chisi Umodzi Party 12,048 0.2
George Nnesa Tisinthe Alliance 11,042 0.2
James Nyondo National Salvation Front 10,623 0.2
Hellen Singh United Independent Party 9,668 0.2
Friday Jumbe Labour Party 8,819 0.2
Davis Katsonga Chipani cha Pfuko 7,454 0.1
Invalid/blank votes 56,675
Total 5,288,258 100
Registered voters/turnout 7,475,806 70.8
Source: Maravi Post

Previous presidentsEdit

On 6 July 1964, Nyasaland became independent from British rule and renamed itself Malawi, with Elizabeth II as Queen of Malawi. Under a new constitution in 1966, Malawi became a republic with prime Minister Hastings Banda becoming its first president. Under the country's 1966, 1994 and 1995 constitutions, the President is executive head of state. The first President was elected by the National Assembly, but later presidents were elected in direct popular elections for a five-year term. In the event of a vacancy, the Vice-President becomes President.

President
(Birth–Death)
Portrait Tenure Elected Political affiliation
(at time of appointment)
Took office Left office Time in Office
1 Hastings Banda
(1899–1997) [2]
  6 July 1966 24 May 1994 27 years,

319 days

Malawi Congress Party
2 Bakili Muluzi
(1942–)
  24 May 1994 24 May 2004 10 years,

3 days

1994
1999
United Democratic Front
3 Bingu wa Mutharika
(1934–2012)
  24 May 2004 5 April 2012
(died in office)
7 years,

316 days

2004 United Democratic Front
2009 Democratic Progressive Party [3]
4 Joyce Banda
(1949–)
  7 April 2012
(previously Vice President)
31 May 2014 2 years,

54 days

- People's Party
5 Peter Mutharika
(1939–)
  31 May 2014 Incumbent 4 years,

103 days

2014 Democratic Progressive Party

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ghosh, Palash (2 October 2012). "Malawi President Cuts Her Salary By 30%, But Still Enjoys The Friendly Skies". International Business Times. Retrieved 2014-05-31.
  2. ^ Served as President for Life from 6 July 1971 to February 1994
  3. ^ Founded in 2005

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