Malawi. According to
CountryAAH, the total population in Malawi is 19,129,963 people in 2020.
Presidential and parliamentary elections were
held in May. Observers from the EU and the Commonwealth
found significant deficiencies in the handling of the
polling stations and also criticized the state's efforts to
influence the election, as well as the media's monitoring of
the election campaign being biased. The election was
followed by extensive street protests and at least three
people were killed in clashes between police and protesters.
In the presidential election, as expected, former Economy
Minister Bingu wa Mutharika, hand-picked to the office of
outgoing Prime Minister Bakili Muluzi, won. Mutharika
received 36% of the vote, against 27% for veteran John Tembo
of the former Malawi Congress Party (MCP)
In the parliamentary elections, however, Mutharika's
United Democratic Front (UDF) received only 49 seats,
against 60 for the MCP. A period of strong persuasion
attempts and settlements in the cloud followed, until the
MCP had obtained a satisfactory majority through cooperation
agreements and mergers with smaller parties. Mutharika
immediately marked his independence from his predecessor by
retaining only eight of his 46 ministers. He also dismissed
the army chief and the state prosecutor and arrested one of
the predecessor's closest advisers, who were accused of
embezzlement from the state bus company.
In the May 2014 parliamentary and presidential elections,
Peter Mutharika of DPP was elected president with 36.4% of
the vote. The turnout was 70.8%. Peter Mutharika was the
deceased president's little brother. In the parliamentary
elections, the DPP suffered a stinging defeat as it lost 63
seats and had to meet with 51. It was, however, still the
largest party in Parliament. The Malawi Congress Party got
22 seats angry and got 48, while Joyce Banda's new Peoples
Party (PP) got 26. The United Democratic Front got 14.
In December 2014, the Government Anti-Corruption Office
(ACB) issued an arrest warrant against Joyce Banda for
corruption. The office should have TV tapes to prove the
former president's involvement in corruption.
In January 2015, southern Africa was hit by heavy rains
that caused significant flooding. In Malawi, 176 were dead
and at least 153 were missing by mid-month. 200,000 were
then run away from the bodies of water. The worst was the
districts of Nsanje and Chikwawa.
The number of murders of albinos increased dramatically
in 2015. The killers were individuals or gangs who wanted to
sell body parts for use in witchcraft. 19 murders of
albinos, abductions or searches were made during the year,
of which 15 were children and 10 were girls. In March, the
president made a sharp statement condemning the
assassinations and abductions of albinos and urging security
forces to crack down. Families with albino children lived in
fear and often took the children out of school for fear of
abduction or murder.