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Malawi impeachment drive halted
President Bingu wa Mutharika
Mr Mutharika long wanted to rule Malawi
In Malawi a constitutional court has called a temporary halt proceedings to impeach President Bingu wa Mutharika.

Mr Mutharika was summoned to appear before parliament on Thursday to answer eight charges, but his lawyer argued the procedures are unconstitutional.

The court ordered the parliament speaker not to go ahead until it approved procedural rules.

The president has fallen out with his predecessor and the ruling UDF party he was elected to lead.

Earlier this year, Mr Mutharika quit the UDF and founded his own Democratic Progressive Party.

He accused his former political associates of frowning upon his tough anti-corruption drive.

The UDF has been in the forefront of attempts to impeach Mr Mutharika over accusations that he used state money to set up his party and other charges of going against the constitution.

He denies them, saying they are politically motivated.

More than 80 MPs signed a motion on Friday ordering him to appear before parliament.

The constitutional court ruling follows the High Court injunction granted over the weekend to delay the proceedings.

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