May 17, 1994
The Central African country of Malawi today holds its first democratic elections since winning independence from Britain in 1964. The main figure, as always in Malawi, is H. Kamuzu Banda, an aging despot who outlawed political opposition and proclaimed himself leader for life. Now in his 90s, Banda assumed the presidency for life in 1971, seven years after the nation broke loose from British rule, and has governed with a hard hand. About 3.7 million of the country's 9.
June 17, 1993 |
Opposition groups demanded Wednesday that Malawi convert to multi-party rule after referendum results showed rejection of President H. Kamuzu Banda's iron-fisted regime. Brown Chimphamba, chairman of the commission that ran Monday's non-binding referendum, announced on state radio that 63% of voters prefer a Western-style political system to Banda's one-party rule. Thousands of people poured out of shops, offices and factories after the announcement in this southeastern African nation.