Ban mourns death of Malawi President, welcomes peaceful transition of power
|Publisher||UN News Service|
|Publication Date||7 April 2012|
|Cite as||UN News Service, Ban mourns death of Malawi President, welcomes peaceful transition of power, 7 April 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4f83fb982.html [accessed 21 September 2014]|
In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said he was saddened by Mr. Mutharika's death, and offered his condolences "to the bereaved family, the Government and the people of Malawi."
According to media reports, Mr. Mutharika, 78, went into cardiac arrest on Thursday. However, his death was not confirmed until today.
Mr. Ban welcomed the peaceful transition in the country, and said he looks forward to working with the Government under acting President Joyce Banda, who had served as Malawi's Vice President since 2009.
Ms. Banda is the country's first female Head of State.