Mutharika, Peter(Arthur Peter Mutharika) (mo͞otä`rēkä), 1940–, Malawian lawyer and political leader, LL.B. London Univ., 1965, J.S.D. Yale, 1969; brother of Bingu wa MutharikaMutharika, Bingu wa
, 1934–2012, Malawian economist and political leader, b. Nyasaland (now Malawi) as Brightson Webster Ryson Thom; he africanized his name during the 1960s. Mutharika served in the governments of Nyasaland (1963–64) and Zambia (1965––66).
..... Click the link for more information. . A professor, he taught at several universities in African and the United States, including for 39 years at Washington Univ., where he retired in 2011. Like his brother a member of the Democratic Progressive party (DPP), he served (2009–14) in Malawi's parliament and held several cabinet posts during his brother's second term as president, including foreign affairs minister (2011–12). After his brother died (2012), he was accused of plotting to prevent Vice President Joyce BandaBanda, Joyce Hilda,
1950–, Malawian political leader, b. Nyasaland (now Malawi). First elected to parliament in 1999 as a member of the United Democratic Front, she was named minister for gender and community services under President Bakili Muluzi.
..... Click the link for more information. from succeeding to the presidency, and later accused of treason. Mutharika became leader of the DPP in 2013 and was elected president in 2014; after his election, the treason charges were dropped. He was reelected in 2019, but the vote was overturned (2020) due to irregularities. Mutharika remained president until a new election in mid-2020, when he lost to Lazarus Chakwera. He is the author of several books on international law.
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