Country Fast Facts: Malawi


































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(CBS)

Established in 1891, the British protectorate of Nyasaland became the independent nation of Malawi in 1964.



After three decades of one-party rule under President Hastings Kamuzu Banda the country held multiparty elections in 1994, under a provisional constitution which came into full effect the following year.



Current President Bingu wa Mutharika, elected in May 2004 after a failed attempt by the previous president to amend the constitution to permit another term, struggled to assert his authority against his predecessor, culminating in Mutharika quitting the political party on whose ticket he was elected into office.



Mutharika subsequently started his own party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), and has continued with a halting anti-corruption campaign against abuses carried out under the previous regime.



Increasing corruption, population growth, increasing pressure on agricultural lands, and the spread of HIV/AIDS pose major problems for the country.



Source: CIA World Fact Book

















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