Apr. 8 - Malawians are hopeful new President Joyce Banda will usher in a better government to end repression and economic troubles seen under her predecessor. Lindsey Parietti reports.
Here in the southeastern Africa nation of Malawi, residents celebrate a new leader. They are hopeful President Joyce Banda will improve the impoverished nation. Banda, both the country and the region's first female head of state, served as vice president under Bingu wa Mutharika who died of a heart attack last week. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LILONGWE RESIDENT, LIMANI ABDALLAH SAYING: "I'm just expressing my happiness because I'm very happy. I am very happy that Bingu is dead. He has put us in many, many problems. Like fuel shortages, you know, bad governance, he was a dictator." (SOUNDBITE) (English) LILONGWE RESIDENT, ABDALLAH KALAWIRI ,SAYING: "The death of former President brings hope to Malawians, all of them, and we expect more things from this new president, Joyce Banda, because the governance was bad with Doctor Bingu wa Mutharika and every Malawian was not happy with him." Inaugurated Saturday, Banda is expected to lead the country until its next presidential elections in 2014. Lindsey Parietti, Reuters