Canada Welcomes Peaceful Change of Power in Malawi

April 7, 2012 – Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Canada welcomes the swearing-in of President Joyce Banda and wishes her well during her term in office.

“President Banda comes to power, in accordance with the constitution of Malawi, following the death of Dr. Bingu wa Mutharika.

"We offer condolences to Dr. Mutharika's loved ones at this time of mourning.

“It is our hope that this peaceful transition of power will afford the people of Malawi the opportunity to realize their hopes for a more democratic and prosperous country.”

For more information on Canada’s relations with Malawi, see Canada-Malawi Relations.

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