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Joyce Banda – President of Malawi

Joyce Hilda Banda (née Mtila; born 12 April 1950) is a Malawian politician who has been the President of Malawi since 7 April 2012. She is the founder and leader of the People’s Party, created in 2011.

An educator and grassroots women’s rights activist, she was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2006 to 2009 and Vice President of Malawi from May 2009 to April 2012.

Banda took office as president following the sudden death of President Bingu wa Mutharika. She is Malawi’s fourth president and its first female president. Before becoming president, she served as the country’s first female vice president.

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