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Analyst sees no US policy shift for Malawi

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PRESIDENT-ELECT OF THE UNITED STATES— Biden

Chancellor College political analyst Ernest Thindwa has said he does not expect any change in the United States (US) policy in the way it deals with Malawi, despite the US electing a new president.

Americans last week elected 77-year-old democrats torchbearer Joe Biden as the 46th president and he is expected to take over from Donald Trump in January next year.

Thindwa said he did not anticipate policy shift by the US towards Malawi as America does not have specific policy position on Malawi owing to her lack of strategic value to that country.

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“Change of government in USA does not necessarily have a direct bearing on Malawi. Malawi is not a significant actor on the global and regional stage such that she is of no strategic interest to the USA.

“However the global political climate may be shaped in favour of Malawi owing to president-elect Biden stressing the significance of America’s ethical world leadership and multilateralism in dealing with global challenges such as climate change, which disproportionately threatens weaker economies like Malawi,” Thindwa said.

On allegations of vote rigging by President Trump, Thindwa said Trump was always expected to present excuses for electoral loss given his egocentric disposition.

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Thindwa said allegations of electoral fraud without substantiating the same revealed a character that fits neatly in the Trumpism script.

Thindwa said the beauty with America was that it had a strong democratic tradition to contain Trump’s excesses.

“Key lessons for Malawi and Africa at large are the need for independent, neutral and competent democratic institutions such as electoral management body and security agencies that can secure the integrity of the electoral process and maintain public order in the face of unrestrained executive excesses and competing partisan interests.

“Cultivating a culture of constitutionalism among citizens and key actors in solving electoral disputes is an issue that has served Americans so well for over two centuries and certainly is taking root in Malawi but we can’t afford to be complacent but invest in the quest for consolidation of constitutionalism in particular and democracy in general,” he said.

In a victory speech on Saturday night in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, Biden said he was humbled by the trust America had placed in him and reached out to those Americans who did not vote for him.

“I understand the disappointment tonight. I’ve lost a couple of times myself. But now, let’s give each other a chance,” Biden said. “This is the time to heal in America.”

Foreign Affairs Minister Eisenhower Mkaka said the government would comment on the US elections once it gets the official position on the outcome.

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