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Yearbook 2009

Malawi. According to countryaah, President Bingu wa Mutharika was re-elected in May for a second five-year term with 66 percent of the vote. In the parliamentary elections, his party Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) got its own majority. The DPP was formed by Mutharika as late as 2005, when he broke out of the former United Democratic Front government party after a schism with Representative Bakili Muluzi. In 2008, Muluzi had been authorized by a court to re-run for office, despite having served a maximum of two terms. In March, however, the Election Commission ruled that his candidacy was a violation of the Constitution, and the same opinion had the Constitutional Court to which Muluzi appealed. Election supervisors from the EU and the Commonwealth criticized the state media's unilateral support for the government during the election movement, but protests against the election results won no hearing. After taking up his second term, Mutharika presented a heavily reformed government. It attracted attention that the successful Minister of Finance Goodall Gondwe was moved to the post of Minister of Local Government, after being responsible for one of Africa's and the world's fastest growing economies for several years.

2009 Malawi

Malawi, which was previously regularly hit by malnutrition and famine, has been steadily increasing harvests of barley maize since 2004. The success is mainly attributed to a long-term program for heavy subsidies of artificial fertilizers and seeds. The country has become self-sufficient in maize and can also export. Since 2005, economic growth has been over 7 percent per year and for 2009 it was estimated at close to 8 percent.

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