Malawi president dissolves Cabinet ahead of polls


Malawi President Peter Mutharika has dissolved his cabinet ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections next week.

A statement by Chief Secretary to Government Lloyd Muhara said the cabinet had been dissolved and the president would assume all ministerial duties.

“All queries or matters should be directed to the Office of the President and Cabinet,” Muhara said.

This is in line with the country’s constitution that requires the cabinet to be disbanded ahead of the polls.

Incumbent President Peter Mutharika is facing competition from six other candidates including two of his own ministers. Vice President Saulos Chilima is vying on a United Transformation Movement ticket while immediate former health minister Atupele Muluzi is the flag bearer of the United Democratic Front party.

Meanwhile the Malawi Electoral Commission says it has received all ballot materials for the vote. This will be the first time the country will be using electronic voting.

Malawians head to the polls to elect 193 members of parliament, 462 local government councilors and the president.

According to Malawi’s Electoral Commission, 6.5 million people have registered to vote in a country of nearly 20 million.



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