President of Malawi

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President of the
Republic of Malawi
Mtsogoleri wa Dziko la Malawi (in Chichewa)
Flag of the President of Malawi.svg
Presidential Standard
Lazarus Chakwera Profile.png
Lazarus Chakwera

since 28 June 2020
Executive branch of the Malawian Government
StyleHis Excellency (formal)
Member ofCabinet
ResidenceState House, Lilongwe, Malawi
SeatCapital Hill, Lilongwe
Term lengthFive years, renewable once consecutively
Constituting instrumentConstitution of Malawi
Formation6 July 1966
First holderHastings Banda
DeputyVice President of Malawi
SalaryUS$ 74,300 annually[1]

The president of the Republic of Malawi (Chichewa: Mtsogoleri wa Dziko la Malawi) is the head of state and head of government of Malawi. The president leads the executive branch of the Government of Malawi and is the commander-in-chief of the Malawian Defence Force.

The current president is Lazarus Chakwera, who defeated Peter Mutharika in the 2020 rerun presidential election. Chakwera was sworn in as president of Malawi on 28 June.[2]

Previous presidents[edit]

On 6 July 1964, Nyasaland became independent from British rule and renamed itself Malawi, with Elizabeth II as Queen of Malawi. Under a new constitution in 1966, Malawi became a republic with prime minister Hastings Banda becoming its first president. Under the country's 1966, 1994 and 1995 constitutions, the president is executive head of state.

The first president, Hastings Banda, was elected by the National Assembly and subsequently had himself declared president for life in 1970. He was defeated in 1994, a year after his life term was abolished as part of Malawi's transition to democracy. Since then, presidents have been elected in direct popular elections for a five-year term. Presidents may be elected any number of times, but not more than twice in a row. In the event of a vacancy, the vice-president becomes president for the balance of the term.

Portrait President
Elected Term of office Political party
Took office Left office Time in office
1 Dr HK Banda, first president of Malawi.jpg Hastings Banda
6 July 1966 24 May 1994 27 years,

319 days

Malawi Congress Party
2 Bakili Muluzi at High Court (cropped).jpg Bakili Muluzi
(born 1943)
24 May 1994 24 May 2004 10 years,

3 days

United Democratic Front
3 Mutharika at Met.jpg Bingu wa Mutharika
2004 24 May 2004 5 April 2012
(died in office)
7 years,

316 days

United Democratic Front
2009 Democratic Progressive Party[4]
4 Joyce Banda August 2012.jpg Joyce Banda
(born 1950)
7 April 2012
(previously Vice President)
31 May 2014 2 years,

54 days

People's Party
5 Peter Mutharika 2011 (cropped).jpg Peter Mutharika
(born 1940)
31 May 2014 28 June 2020 6 years,

28 days

Democratic Progressive Party
6 Lazarus Chakwera Profile.png Lazarus Chakwera
(born 1955)
2020 28 June 2020 Incumbent 1 year, 154 days Malawi Congress Party


Lazarus ChakweraPeter MutharikaJoyce BandaBingu wa MutharikaBakili MuluziHastings Banda

Latest election[edit]

Candidate Party Votes %
Lazarus Chakwera Malawi Congress Party 2,604,043 59.34
Peter Mutharika Democratic Progressive Party 1,751,877 39.92
Peter Kuwani Mbakuwaku Movement for Development 32,456 0.74
Invalid/blank votes 57,323
Total 4,445,699 100
Registered voters/turnout 6,859,570 64.81
Source: MEC

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The highest and lowest paid African presidents - Business Daily". Business Daily.
  2. ^ "Lazarus Chakwera sworn in as Malawi president after historic win". 28 June 2020. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  3. ^ Served as President for Life from 6 July 1971 to February 1994
  4. ^ Founded in 2005

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