|Democratic Progressive Party (Malawi)|
|Founder||Bingu wa Mutharika|
|Split from||United Democratic Front|
|4 cobs of maize|
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is the ruling political party in Malawi. The party was formed in February 2005 by Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika after a dispute with the United Democratic Front.
There were allegations that members of the former governing UDF did not adequately tackle corruption. It is unclear if the party will be ideological or personalist in style. Since the UDF was a member of the Liberal International, the DPP might take a liberal position.
The DPP party is an offshoot of the United Democratic Front. The UDF was formed by Bingu wa Mutharika and Bakili Muluzi and came in to power from 1994 under Muluzi. After Muluzis two terms were over, wa Mutharika succeeded him as head of the party and nation. However Muluzi continued to intervene in the rulings of the party therefore wa Mutharika formed his own party, the Democratic Progressive Party during this time. Many UDF members defected to the new DPP party. The party and wa Mutharika won elections in 2009, and continued to rule the country.
Internal politics 
Rise of the PP 
Bingu wa Mutharika increasingly became controlling in the party. He began to groom his brother, Peter Mutharika to be his successor. This led to a situation where he began to sideline his vice-president Joyce Banda due to her refusal to accept the move. Mutharika then kicked her out of the party, an act that was purportedly unconstitutional because he did not go through a formal impeachment process. Therefore the courts held that she was still the vice-president of the country even though she was not the vice-president of the party. Subsequently Joyce Banda formed the Peoples Party in Malawi. When wa Mutharika died in April 2012, Banda was still the Vice-President of the country and became the President of the nation with a predominantly DPP cabinet.
1 August 2011 DPP politburo 
On 1 August 2011, Bingu wa Mutharika shuffled the leadership of the DPP. Bintony Kutsaira, who was secretary general of the party, was moved to the Office of the President and Cabinet and replaced by Wakuda Kamanga. Former finance minister Goodall Gondwe was named first vice president, replacing Joyce Banda who was dismissed from the party in December 2010 for "anti-party activities". Following the death of the President Bingu wa Mutharika who was also Party leader, the National Governing Council of the Party chose Peter Mutharika as the new Party President on 6 April 2012 The new DPP politburo after the shuffle:
|Vice President||Goodall Edward Gondwe||Yunus Mussa||Jean Kalirani|
|Secretary General||Elias Wakuda Kamanga|
|Deputy Secretary General||Isaac Nyakamera||Etta Banda||Ralph Jooma|
|Treasurer General||Sidik Mia||Bessie Chirambo||Leckford Thotho|
|National Organising Secretary||Francis Mphepo||Catherine Hara||John Zingale|
|National Campaign Director||Ken Zikhale Ng’oma||Rashy Gaffar||Alice Lungu|
DPP Presidents 
Notable DPP members 
- Etta Banda
- Joyce Banda
- Goodall Gondwe
- Catherine Hara
- Patricia Kaliati
- Yunus Mussa
- Kenneth Lipenga
- Peter Mukhito
- Bingu wa Mutharika
See also 
- Contributions to liberal theory
- Liberalism worldwide
- List of liberal parties
- Liberal democracy
- "Malawi's Mutharika nominated for re-election", AFP, October 22, 2008.
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