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BLANTYRE — The son of a former president of Malawi has resigned his post as a minister in current President Joyce Banda’s administration after announcing his own presidential bid.

Austin Atupele Muluzi served as Malawi’s economic planning and development minister as part of Mrs. Banda’s efforts to reach across political divides in the African nation.

An aide to Mr. Muluzi confirmed his resignation Monday.

Mr. Muluzi is a 2014 presidential candidate for the United Democratic Front, which once was Malawi’s governing party under his father, Bakili Muluzi, president from 1994 to 2004.

Political unrest in Malawi sparked extensive legislative delays, rioting, a failed impeachment bid and accusations of coup and assassination plots in recent years.

Mrs. Banda took over as president in April after the death of President Bingu wa Mutharika.


U.N. staffer killed in disputed Abyei area

UNITED NATIONS | The U.N. chief has said one U.N. staffer was shot to death and another was injured during unrest around a mosque in the Abyei region, which is disputed by Sudan and South Sudan.

A spokesman for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday that the U.N. chief condemned Tuesday’s killing.

U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters the staffer was shot during clashes around a mosque in Abyei, during which U.N. peacekeepers were called in to restore order.

He said the circumstances were being investigated. The staffer was not identified.


Anti-gay bill seen passing this year

KAMPALA — Uganda’s anti-gay bill will be passed before the end of the year despite international criticism of the draft legislation, the speaker of the country’s parliament said this week, insisting it is what most Ugandans want.

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