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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. 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. MUTHARIKA was reelected to a second term in May 2009. As president, he oversaw some economic improvement. He died abruptly in April 2012 and was succeeded by his vice president, Joyce BANDA. Population growth, increasing pressure on agricultural lands, corruption, and the spread of HIV/AIDS pose major problems for Malawi.


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Transportation

Airports World Ranking: 114
31 (2012)

Airports - with paved runways
Total 7
Over 3,047 m 1
1,524 to 2,437 m 2
914 to 1,523 m 4 (2012)

Airports - with unpaved runways
Total 24
1,524 to 2,437 m 1
914 to 1,523 m 12
Under 914 m 11 (2012)

Railways World Ranking: 99
Total 797 km
Narrow gauge 797 km 1.067-m gauge (2008)

Roadways World Ranking: 121
Total 15,451 km
Paved 6,956 km
Unpaved 8,495 km (2003)

Waterways World Ranking: 76
700 km (on Lake Nyasa [Lake Malawi] and Shire River) (2010)

Ports and terminals
Chipoka, Monkey Bay, Nkhata Bay, Nkhotakota, Chilumba


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Chidothe Southern Region

Mangale Stream Southern Region

Chidzenji Stream Central Region

Mphandikucha Island Northern Region

Bwabwa Hill Northern Region

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