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Malawi Parliament Adopts Measures on Impeachment Procedures

Malawi's parliament has passed laws paving the way for the possible impeachment of President Bingu wa Mutharika.

A majority of lawmakers passed the legislation Tuesday outlining how to carry out impeachment proceedings. Malawi's constitution allows for impeachment, but until now no laws existed for how this could be done.

Mr. Mutharika's opponents, led by members of the opposition United Democratic Front (UDF), accuse the president of ignoring the constitution to set up his own party, and of misusing public funds.

President Mutharika quit the UDF party earlier this year after launching a major crackdown on corruption that targeted several high level officials of the party.

Meanwhile Tuesday, anti-corruption officials announced they have summoned former President Bakili Muluzi to answer questions about alleged graft during his time in office.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.