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Consolidating democracy in Malawi: A case of recycled elite pacts?

Lazarus Chakwera’s ascent to the presidency was made possible by the nine-party Tonse Alliance, which included Mutharika’s former deputy, Saulus Chilima, as his running mate

Ruling with one foot in the grave

Algeria’s president is the latest in a long line of heads of state who are too ill to do their job properly

Malawi: Red carpet for dead president

Malawi's politicians lied about the health of the country's former president as part of a bid to stop Joyce Banda from taking charge.

Editorial: Banda, stick to principle

When South African foreign policy goes wrong, we often hear about it ­immediately.

TB Joshua: The preacher who knows too much

TB Joshua isn't just predicting the death of Africa's kings; he has the ear of some of Africa's top politicians - including Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

New dawn: Malawi restores ‘rising sun’ flag

Malawi is returning to its 1964 independence flag, replaced in 2010 in an "attack on the country's nationhood" by late leader Bingu wa Mutharika.

Malawi’s Banda to investigate Mutharika transition plot

President Joyce Banda has announced an inquiry into an alleged plot by the inner circle of Malawi's late former leader to block her rise to power.

Banda champions women’s rights

Malawi's President Joyce Banda has expressed how she's carrying the expectations of all the women in the region.

Malawi’s Banda eager to rebuild western ties

The resumption of diplomatic ties with Britain has signalled progress in Malawi's quest to distance the new regime from that of its late predecessor.

Mutharika laid to rest in state funeral

Late Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika has been laid to rest, and new President Joyce Banda has urged Malawians to remember him positively.

African bank commits to helping Malawi economy

African Development Bank president Donald Kaberuka has pledged to provide Malawi with $45-million in order to resuscitate the ailing economy.

Wake-up call for club of the South

Southern African Development Community leaders have neglected to use an opportunity to lead from the front, following Bingu wa Mutharika's passing.

New president grows power base

New president of Malawi Joyce Banda has fired some members of government and parliamentarians have crossed the floor, strengthening her power base.

Go-getter Banda wields the axe

The sudden death of former Malawi president Bingu wa Mutharika from a heart attack has seen Africa get another female president, namely Joyce Banda.

The nine lives of Mugabe: What’s next for Zimbabwe?

Malawi's President Bingu wa Mutharika's death has raised the question of a lack of succession planning in Zimbabwe should Robert Mugabe perish.

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Pay-TV inquiry probes the Multichoice monopoly

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​No apology or comfort as another Marikana mother dies without justice

Nomawethu Ma’Bhengu Sompeta, whose funeral will be held this weekend, was unequivocal in calling out the government for its response to the Marikana massacre

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