- - Wednesday, September 7, 2011

MALAWI

Pro-democracy candidate wins by-election

SALIMA | A pro-democracy candidate defeated the ruling party opponent on Wednesday in a critical by-election that signals increasing opposition to President Bingu wa Mutharika’s seven-year rule of Malawi.

The electoral commission announced Enoch Chihana won 6,641 votes in the parliamentary seat for the northern Rumphi district against 3,275 for the ruling party candidate, Norman Nyirenda.

Meanwhile, Mr. Mutharika announced a downsized Cabinet that includes his wife and his brother but trims 14 other ministries in a nod to demands from civic society.

In August, he dissolved his 42-member Cabinet, one month after deadly anti-government riots that killed 19 people in July.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Two killed in jailbreak as hundreds escape

LUBUMBASHI | Two people were killed Wednesday in a massive jailbreak as nearly 1,000 prisoners escaped in southeastern Congo, an official said.

Dikanga Kazadi, the information minister of Katanga province, said eight armed men attacked the prison guards in Lubumbashi on Wednesday, allowing the prisoners to flee.

Police recaptured 152 of the 967 escaped prisoners. The armed men were trying to free a militant who was condemned to death, Mr. Kazadi said.

A police officer and a man visiting his imprisoned brother were killed in the jailbreak, he said.

BURKINA FASO

Midwives jailed over woman’s death

OUAGADOUGOU | Two midwives have been jailed amid accusations they left a woman to die in labor while they watched television, a state prosecutor said Wednesday.

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