List of heads of state of Malawi

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This is a list of the heads of state of Malawi, from the independence of Malawi in 1963 to the present day.

From 1964 to 1966 the head of state under the Malawi Independence Act 1964 was the Queen of Malawi, Elizabeth II, who was also the Monarch of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms. The Queen was represented in Malawi by a Governor-General. Malawi became a republic under the Constitution of 1966 and the Monarch and Governor-General were replaced by an executive President.

Monarch (1964–1966)[edit]

The succession to the throne was the same as the succession to the British throne.

Monarch
(Birth–Death)
Portrait Reign Royal House Prime Minister
Reign start Reign end
1 Queen Elizabeth II
(1926–)
Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Portrait Herbert James Gunn.jpg 6 July 1964 6 July 1966 Windsor Banda

Governor-General[edit]

The Governor-General was the representative of the monarch in Malawi and exercised most of the powers of the monarch. The Governor-General was appointed for an indefinite term, serving at the pleasure of the monarch. After the passage of the Statute of Westminster 1931, the Governor-General was appointed solely on the advice of the Cabinet of Malawi without the involvement of the British government. In the event of a vacancy the Chief Justice served as Officer Administering the Government.

Status
  Denotes Chief Justice acting as Officer Administering the Government
Governor-General
(Birth–Death)
Portrait Tenure Monarch Prime Minister
Took office Left office
1 Sir Glyn Jones
(1908–1992)
No image.png 6 July 1964 6 July 1966 Elizabeth II Banda

President of Malawi[edit]

Under the country's 1966, 1994 and 1995 constitutions, the President is executive head of state. The President is elected by the National Assembly for a five-year term. In the event of a vacancy, the Vice-President serves as Acting President.

  Denotes Vice-President acting as President
President
(Birth–Death)
Portrait Tenure Elected Political affiliation
(at time of appointment)
Took office Left office
1 Hastings Banda
(1898–1997) [1]
Dr HK Banda, first president of Malawi.jpg 6 July 1966 21 May 1994 Malawi Congress Party
2 Bakili Muluzi
(b. 1943)
No image.png 21 May 1994 24 May 2004 1994, 1999 United Democratic Front
3 Bingu wa Mutharika
(1934–2012)
Mutharika at Met.jpg 24 May 2004 5 April 2012
(died in office.)
2004 United Democratic Front
2009 Democratic Progressive Party [2]
4 Joyce Banda
(b. 1950)
Joyce Banda August 2012.jpg 7 April 2012 31 May 2014 People's Party
5 Peter Mutharika
(b. 1940)
Peter Mutharika 2011 (cropped).jpg 31 May 2014 2014 Democratic Progressive Party

Standards[edit]

Living former heads of state[edit]

There are three living former Malawian Heads of State:

Image Name Term/Reign Office Date of birth
Elizabeth II greets NASA GSFC employees, May 8, 2007 edit.jpg Elizabeth II 1964–1966 Queen of Malawi (1926-04-21) 21 April 1926 (age 90)
No image.png Bakili Muluzi 1994–2004 President of Malawi (1943-03-17) 17 March 1943 (age 74)
Joyce Banda August 2012.jpg Joyce Banda 2012–2014 President of Malawi (1950-04-12) 12 April 1950 (age 66)

External links[edit]

  1. ^ Served as President for Life from 6 July 1971 to November 1993
  2. ^ Founded in 2005