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February 10, 2020  Malawi: Historic Victory for Rule of Law
    “On Monday, Malawi´s High Court nullified the country’s May presidential elections. The 500-page ruling includes a laundry list of election irregularities — and faults the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) for failing to carry out its responsibilities according to the constitution and electoral law. The court ruled that President Peter Mutharika was “not duly elected” and called for fresh elections within 150 days. … This ruling is historic. It is the first in Malawi and only the second in Africa (Kenya was the first) to nullify an election and call for a rerun.” - Kim Yi Dionne and Boniface Dulani

Apr 19, 2012  Malawi: Hope in a New Start
    Supporters of democracy and women's rights have good reason to celebrate the peaceful succession in Malawi, in which Vice-President Joyce Banda took office despite fears that she might be blocked by associates of President Bingu wa Mutharika after his unexpected death. The country faces a multitude of structural problems, including donor dependency and the role of tobacco, a major threat to global public health, as the leading export. But for now the mood is optimistic. Malawians as well as outside observers say the country is ready for a new start.

Jul 30, 2011  Malawi: Challenging Power & Corruption
    "The protests and riots of July 20 are fundamentally about governance and development, the enduring desire among Malawians for the establishment of a sustainable democratic developmental state. It underscores the fact that economic growth without development is not enough. ... President Mutharika embodies the contradictions of Malawi's political system and the crassness of Malawi's political class." - Paul Tiyambe Zeleza

Jul 15, 2010  Africa: AIDS Treatment 2.0
Oct   4 2009  Africa: Wind Power in Global Context
Jan 22, 2009  Africa: Subsidies that Work
May 23, 2007  Africa: Medicines without Doctors
Oct 18, 2005  Southern Africa: Food Emergency Shortfall
May 18, 2004  Malawi: Election Context
Apr 13, 2004  Africa: World Bank Protests/Policy

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April 2, 2020  Africa: Covid-19, New Africa-Specific Links
March 26, 2020  Africa/Global: Coronavirus Reflections and Updates
March 16, 2020  Africa/Global: Coronavirus Updates
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