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Malawi Parliament Launches Bid to Impeach President


The party that put Malawi President Wa Mutharika in power last year has introduced a motion to impeach him.

The United Democratic Party started debating the motion in parliament Thursday, sparking a shouting match between lawmakers. Debate was cut short when the speaker of the house collapsed unconscious while trying to restore order. He was taken to a local hospital.

UDF officials have accused the president of flouting the constitution and misusing government funds to form a new party.

President Mutharika quit the UDP earlier this year, accusing its members of condoning corruption and blocking his attempts to stamp out graft.

Mr. Mutharika's government has arrested several members of the previous administration for alleged corrupt practices.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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