n Conflict Trends - Prospects for democracy in Malawi : is the face of democracy changing in Malawi?

Volume 2002 Number 4
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


The May 1994 elections ushered in a peaceful transition from decades of one-party autocracy to a multi-party democracy. Since these elections, Malawi has been congratulated for its significant institutionalisation of democratic freedoms, as well as its promotion of the protection of human rights. This is illustrated through an invigorated civil society; increased freedom of expression and participation; the existence of multiple political parties; more independent media; and an increase in the role and number of non-governmental organisations. By 2000, the prospects for consolidating democracy within Malawi looked favourable. Factors which led to this assessment included a constitution which provided a democratic framework for good governance, a strong representation by two opposition parties within parliament, and a relatively narrow majority. Also significant was the growing realisation that the government and parliament would have to collaborate in order to engage civil society in efforts to alleviate poverty and spur economic development.

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