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    Malawi president a bad choice Former President Bakili Muluzi has apologised to Malawians for choosing a successor who has turned against him. Current
    Message 1 of 7 , Apr 5, 2005
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      Malawi president 'a bad choice'

      Former President Bakili Muluzi has apologised to Malawians for choosing
      a successor who has turned against him.
      Current President Bingu wa Mutharika was proposed by Mr Muluzi as the
      United Democratic Front candidate in the 2004 presidential elections.

      But he resigned from the UDF after a bitter political tussle and is now
      launching his own political party.

      President Mutharika accuses Mr Muluzi of thwarting his high-profile
      anti-corruption campaign.

      Admission

      "Let me apologise to the country for the choice of Bingu wa Mutharika
      and imposing him on the country," Mr Muluzi told a political rally in
      the capital, Lilongwe.

      "I didn't know he would be accommodating dissenting views," he said.

      Mr Muluzi, who remains extremely influential within the UDF, chose Mr
      Mutharika as presidential candidate after parliament rejected his
      attempt to amend the constitution to allow him to stand for a third
      term.

      The BBC's Raphael Tenthani says it is the first time Mr Muluzi has
      admitted imposing a successor on his party and suggests the gloves have
      now come off in their worsening row.

      No party has a majority in the 193-member parliament, but the UDF is
      believed to be considering impeaching the president.
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