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U.S. congratulates new Malawi president

04-10-2012 10:37 BJT

WASHINGTON, April 9 (Xinhua) -- The United States Monday congratulated Joyce Banda for becoming Malawi's new president in a "peaceful transition" following the death of her predecessor Bingu wa Mutharika.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke with Banda on phone in the morning, and the two discussed the importance of adhering to rule of law and to working across parties, according a statement issued by the State Department. It added that Washington looks forward to continued partnership with the country.

Banda, who had been vice-president since 2009, was sworn in on Saturday as president following the death Mutharika.


Editor:Wang Lingfei |Source: Xinhua

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