People's Party (Malawi)

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People's Party
Leader Joyce Banda
Secretary-GeneralIbrahim Matola
Founder Joyce Banda
Split from DPP
Headquarters Blantyre
Youth wing Orange Partners
Ideology Conservatism
Political position Centre-right
African affiliation Democrat Union of Africa
ColorsOrange, Black & White
National Assembly
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Election symbol
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People's Party is a political party in the Republic of Malawi that was founded in 2011 by Joyce Banda, Vice-President of Malawi from May 2009 to April 2012, and President from 7 April 2012 to 2014. [1] [2] [3] [4]


Joyce Banda created the People's Party after being expelled from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) when she refused to endorse President Bingu wa Mutharika's younger brother Peter Mutharika as the successor to the presidency for the 2014 general election. [5]

Initial Problems

During 2011, the Registrar refused to register the organization as an official political party because its name sounded too similar to others in the country. Eventually the high court dismissed this and ordered that the party be registered within fourteen days. [6]

Party Leaders

Joyce Banda: 2012– present

Electoral History

Presidential elections

ElectionParty candidateVotes%Result
2014 Joyce Banda 1,056,23620.2%LostRed x.svg

National Assembly elections

ElectionParty leaderVotes%Seats+/–Position
2014 Joyce Banda 935,99418.15%
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  4. "Joyce Banda sworn in as new Malawi president". The BBC. 7 April 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  5. Jomo, Frank (13 December 2010). "Malawi's Vice President Joyce Banda Expelled From Ruling Party". Bloomberg.
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