Saturday, August 20, 2011

Africa |Malawi president Mutharika dissolves entire cabinet

Daily Nation: Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika has sacked his 42 member cabinet and taken over all portfolios weeks after deadly anti-government riots killed 19 people.

“The president is now in charge of all portfolios until further notice,” said a statement signed by office of the president and cabinet secretary Bright Msaka on the announcement late Friday.

No reason was given for the sacking of the cabinet which Mutharika appointed in 2009 soon after his re-election.

Mutharika is under fire over chronic fuel and foreign exchange shortages and is also accused of infringing democratic freedoms in the impoverished southern African country.