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Malawi's President Accuses Opposition of Trying to Destabilize Country

Malawi's President Bingu wa Mutharika has accused the opposition of trying to destabilize the country, and has warned of legal retribution.

In a national address Saturday, Mr. Mutharika alleged the opposition is determined to disturb and destabilize the government. He said he has been patient so far, but now those trying to create unrest will be punished according to the law.

Earlier this week, parliament began debate on impeaching him, but the action was suspended after the speaker of parliament collapsed and was rushed to the hospital.

The United Democratic Party has accused the president of violating the constitution and misusing government funds to form a new political party.

The party brought Mr. Mutharika to power in 2004, but he left earlier this year, accusing the UDP of condoning corruption and blocking his attempts to stamp out graft.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.