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Thursday, 19 June 2008

A budget in limbo...

The pressure is growing on members of the Malawian political spectrum as donors warn that the country may lose funding, unless the the current political feud between the government and opposition party is resolved. Last year it was the same story until pressure from the international community and civil society forced opposition legislators to back down. Reuters report:

Malawi desperately needs to pass the budget and, frankly, if there is no budget you can't get budget support and much of the donor assistance coming to Malawi comes as direct budget support," Michael Keating told Reuters in an interview on Monday.

The opposition alliance of United Democratic Front (UDF) and Malawi Congress Party want with President Bingu wa Mutharika's breakaway Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to be resolved before the first passage of the budget. The opposition parties say that according to the constitution wa Mutharika's party should lose 60 legislators he is accused of poaching when he quit the UDF.

The impoverished southern African nation relies heavily on donor money for its public spending and had expected to receive some 90 billion kwacha in assistance in the 2008/09 financial year, a 36 percent increase from last year.

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