Malawai's Vice President Cassim Chilumpha has been arrested on charges of plotting to overthrow the government.

The Minister of Justice says the vice president was plotting with associates to hire an assassin to kill Malawi's President Bingu wa Mutharika. He told local media he has taped conversations of Chilumpha's meetings with the would-be assassin.

In February, Mr. Mutharika tried to fire the vice president for failing to attend cabinet meetings, among other charges. Malawi's high court reinstated Chilumpha last month.

Mr. Mutharika and Chilumpha were running mates in the 2004 elections, but have been feuding since the president quit the United Political Party and created his own political party.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.