Officials: Malawi's president hospitalized



Salon Staff
April 5, 2012 4:00PM (UTC)

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Officials say Malawi's President Bingu wa Mutharika has been hospitalized with a heart problem.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to journalists, said the 78-year-old president was taken to a Lilongwe hospital Thursday morning.

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Further details on his condition were not immediately available.

Mutharika is a former World Bank official once heralded for his stewardship of a southern African country that is among the world's poorest. In recent years, he has been accused of trampling on democratic rights.

Mutharika first came to power in a 2004 election, and was overwhelming re-elected five years later. Elections are not due again in Malawi until 2014.


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