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Introduction: Established in 1891, the British protectorate of Nyasaland became the independent nation of Malawi in 1964. After three decades of one-party rule under President Hastings Kamuzu BANDA the country held multiparty elections in 1994, under a provisional constitution that came into full effect the following year. Current President Bingu wa MUTHARIKA, elected in May 2004 after a failed attempt by the previous president to amend the constitution to permit another term, struggled to assert his authority against his predecessor and subsequently started his own party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in 2005. As president, MUTHARIKA has...
People: Malawi derives its name from the Maravi, a Bantu people who came from the southern Congo about 600 years ago. On reaching the area north of Lake Malawi, the Maravi divided. One branch, the ancestors of the present-day Chewas, moved south to the west bank of the lake. The other, the ancestors of the Nyanjas, moved down the east bank to the southern part of the country.
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International Relations: Malawi has good relations with its neighbours, although there has been tension in the past with other 'front-line states' because of former President Banda's relations with white minority regimes in the region. Banda also maintained links with Renamo, when it opposed the Mozambican government during the Mozambican civil war and Malawian troops were deployed into Mozambique to defend the Nacala Corridor. There have also been disagreements in the past with Tanzania over Lake Malawi boundaries in the northern part of the country.
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(MK) Malawi Kwacha (MWK)
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