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Malawi President Under Fire For Family Appointments To Cabinet

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Malawi’s new president has sparked outrage and criticism over his government`s appointees. President Lazarus Chakwera has allegedly named his relatives as ministers in his new cabinet.

The president’s former running mate in the 2019 elections, Sidik Mia, was appointed minister for transport. His wife, Abida Mia was named as deputy minister for lands.

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The president’s family, friends and acquaintances are allegedly appointed to high ranking government positions.

Malawians online have been reacting to the appointments. There is also criticism of Chakwera’s cabinet that comprises more than 70% of people from the central region, his political stronghold.

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The president had criticized his predecessor for being nepotistic and filling his cabinet with people from his region.

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.

The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy.  The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.

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Mali leaders are hoping ECOWAS will lift sanctions on the country after the inauguration. The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.

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