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Blantyre is a district in the Southern Region of Malawi. The capital is Blantyre, a commercial city where most Malawian industrial and business offices are. The district covers an area of 2,012 km² and has a population of 809,397. It was named after Blantyre, the birth village of Dr David Livingstone in Scotland, one of the first missionary explorers who came to Nyasaland, as Malawi was originally called before independence in 1964. It is also a main trading point besides the other large cities in Malawi. The other large cities are Lilongwe; that is located in the central region and Mzuzu ; that is in the northern part of Malawi.
Government and administrative divisions
There are twelve National Assembly constituencies in Blantyre:
- Blantyre - Bangwe
- Blantyre - City East
- Blantyre - City South
- Blantyre - City South East
- Blantyre - City West
- Blantyre - Kabula
- Blantyre - Malabada
- Blantyre - North
- Blantyre - North East
- Blantyre - Rural East
- Blantyre - West
Another election was conducted on 20th May 2014, this was the first tripartite elections where voters chose Councillors, Members of Parliament and President. Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika won with 1,904,399 votes (36.4%).
Towns in Blantyre District
Limbe market and Blantyre Market are main markets in Blantyre city. Most of the shops are owned by Malawians of Indian origin.
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