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Here are some interesting facts about Malawi - Category: Introduction - Background: 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. Current 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. As president, MUTHARIKA has overseen substantial economic improvement but because of political deadlock in the legislature, his minority party has been unable to pass significant legislation, and anti-corruption measures have stalled. Population growth, increasing pressure on agricultural lands, corruption, and the spread of HIV/AIDS pose major problems for Malawi.

Category: Government - Executive branch: chief of state: President Bingu wa MUTHARIKA (since 24 May 2004); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government; head of government: President Bingu wa MUTHARIKA (since 24 May 2004); cabinet: 46-member Cabinet named by the president; elections: president elected by popular vote for a five-year term (eligible for a second term); election last held 20 May 2004 (next to be held in May 2009); election results: Bingu wa MUTHARIKA elected president; percent of vote - Bingu wa MUTHARIKA 35.9%, John TEMBO 27.1%, Gwandaguluwe CHAKUAMBA 25.7%, Brown MPINGANJIRA 8.7%, Justin MALEWEZI 2.5%

Category: People - Birth rate (births/1,000 population): 41.79 births/1,000 population (2008 estimate)

Category: Economy - GDP - real growth rate (%): 7% (2008 estimate)

Category: Geography - Maritime claims: none (landlocked)

Category: Transportation - Railways (km): total: 797 km; narrow gauge: 797 km 1.067-m gauge (2006)

Category: Communications - Television broadcast stations: 1 (2001)

Category: Military - Military service age and obligation (years of age): 18 years of age for voluntary military service; standard obligation is 2 years of active duty and 5 years of reserve service (2007)

Category: Transnational Issues - Disputes - international: disputes with Tanzania over the boundary in Lake Nyasa (Lake Malawi) and the meandering Songwe River remain dormant

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  1. Economy - GDP (purchasing power parity): .82 billion (2008 estimate)

  2. Economy - Electricity - production (kWh): 1.13 billion kWh (2006 estimate)

  3. People - Ethnic groups (%): Chewa, Nyanja, Tumbuka, Yao, Lomwe, Sena, Tonga, Ngoni, Ngonde, Asian, European

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Source: CIA - The World Factbook