Report: Malawi President Dies

    Salva Kiir Mayardit, left, the President of the Government of Southern Sudan, stands alongside Bingu wa Mutharika, center, the President of Malawi, at the airport in the southern Sudanese capital of Juba on Wed. Jan. 26, 2011. Mutharika is the current chair of the African Union, a body that has been deeply engaged with southern Sudan up to and through its recent referendum on independence. Mutharika is the first head of state to visit southern Sudan since the referendum concluded on January 15, 2011. Preliminary results indicate that southerners voted heavily for independence. (AP Photo/Pete Muller)

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    Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika reportedly died from a heart attack Thursday, doctors and cabinet ministers told the BBC, though the official announcement has not yet been made. State media reported that he was flown to a South African hospital, but sources told Reuters that Mutharika was dead when he was rushed to a hospital in Lilongwe. The 78-year-old was a former World Bank official who was blamed for the country’s recent economic collapse, and had been accused of trampling on human rights in recent years.

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