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Muntharika endorsed as DPP party president

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Blantyre, Malawi: Peter Mutharika brother to late President Bingu wa Muthalika has been elected as the party president of opposition the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for the next five years, he will represent the party during Malawi’s 2014 tripartite elections

Announcing the official results, Malawi Electoral Commission official Willie Kalonga said Muntharika got 1126 votes against 73 for Henry Chimunthu Banda.

In his acceptance speech, Mutharika thanked the delegates for voting him president and promised supporters that DPP “will engage in a robust and vigorous campaign in order to bounce back in power in 2014” and called upon Speaker Chimunthu Banda to join the campaign in 2014.

And it is yet to be seen if those who have lost will not desert the party as per the request of Muntharika during his convention opening speech. Muntharika during the speech emphasized on the need for unity for the party to be in power in 2014 arguing those who will lose should not dump the party as there is a lot of work to be done for the party to bounce back in power in 2014.

“I and my colleagues are determined to take DPP back into government. But we need to be united,” Muntharika said.

Muntharika voted as party president

Muntharika voted as party president

In other positions:

Secretary general: Dr. Jean Kalilani

publicity secretary: Nicholass Dausi for

Treasurer general: Henry Mussa

National organizing secretary: Chimwemwe Chipungu

Vice president of the party responsible for the eastern region: Yunus Mussa

Vice president of the party responsible for the eastern region:Dr Heatherwick Ntaba

The Malawi Electoral Commission’s Willie Kalonga described the DPP elections as free and fair.

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