Death of Malawi President
Bingu wa Mutharika, an obscure economic minister who became the
President of Malawi in 2004 and later brought his country to the brink
of failure, passed away on April 5 at a hospital in Blantyre, the
country's commercial capital.
He was 78. Physicians who treated the President said that he died
following a heart attack. The Malawian government has issued no official
statement about Mutharika's death.
Reports from Malawian news media said that a succession struggle was
imminent. Malwis small, landlocked nation of 16 million.