Malawi’s New President Takes Another Bold Step

Joyce Banda Malawi’s new president Joyce Banda is definitely shaping up to be Africa’s most interesting head of state — she is taking bold steps that could turn around the poor southern African nation.

Today Banda cancelled the African Union summit in Malawi, rather than invite Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir and she also announced that Malawi will sell the presidential jet.

Banda stood up to the African Union by refusing to host its summit in July because she did not want Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir to attend.

After taking office in April following the death of President Bingu wa Mutharika, Banda revoked Bashir’s invitation to the AU meeting, citing his indictment for war crimes in Darfur by the International Criminal Court (ICC), according to Voice of America. She said if Bashir attended Malawi would be obliged to arrest him.

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