Malawi. According to
Countryaah.com, political maneuvering for the 2019 presidential
election began this year already. The Malawi Congress Party
(MCP), which is the second largest in parliament, demanded
in July that President Peter Mutharika resign. The
president, who represents the Democratic Progressive Party
(DPP), was accused of receiving bribes from food company
Pioneer Investments, equivalent to close to $ 4 million in
exchange for government contracts. According to Mutharika,
the charges were false and just one way to weaken him ahead
of the upcoming election.
In November, the president implemented a government
reform. Speaking was that Vice President Saulos Chilima was
not mentioned at all when the new government was presented.
Since the Vice President is elected together with the
President, it should not be possible to fire him, as several
political commentators pointed out. The reason for Chilima
getting out in the cold was the fact that in July he
launched the Political United Change Movement (UTM), of all
things judging in order to form a political party and stand
as a counterpart to Mutharika in the 2019 election.
Malawi was one of the countries that, at a meeting in
Rwanda's capital Kigali in March, signed an agreement on a
new African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). To enter
into force, the agreement must be ratified at national
level. A total of 44 African countries have signed the
Malawi - Lilongwe
Lilongwe, capital of Malawi; 1. 2 million residents (2018). Lilongwe, located
in central Malawi, is the most important location for the northern and central
parts of the country. The city has two centers: Old City, with the
local service and transport functions, and Capital Hill, where the
government buildings and embassies are located. Omland's agriculture and the
textile, furniture and plastic industries dominate the business sector. Lilongwe
has an international airport.
Lilongwe, which was built in 1968 with South African assistance, became
Malawi's capital in 1975.