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With the rumors still unclear on Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika’s health/death and not a word coming from the Malawi government, one thing remains clear: in Mutharika’s incapacity or death, the Vice President, Joyce Banda, will become president.

So, whether you believe the European presses that are saying he’s in critical condition or the Tweets/Facebook Status updates from Malawians in Lilongwe saying he’s dead, in both cases, the matter of who is technically expected to be running Malawi is not an open question.

In the case of incapacity, Chapter 4 Section 87 of Malawi’s constitution (available on the SNDP web site) states the 1st Vice President will act as president. The exact wording from the constitution:

Whenever the President is incapacitated so as to be unable to discharge the powers and duties of that office, the 6 of 1995First Vice-President shall act as President, until such time, in the…

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About karissagall

Karissa Gall is a Canadian journalist.

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