UDF divorces DPP

Jun 4, 2022

By Malawi Exclusive

The working relationship between the United Democratic Front (UDF) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has collapsed.

Briefing the media in Blantyre the UDF interim president Lilian Patel has ended its working relationship with the DPP as the party is focusing on rebuilding the party.

The UDF leader said the relationship they had with the DPP was an electoral arrangement for the 2020 fresh election.

Patel said with the 50+1 voting arrangement the UDF understands the need of having an electoral alliance with other parties but the next alliance will be decided by the National Executive Committee NEC towards the 2025 election.

“Lastly we know that with the existence of 50+1 the talk now is about political alliances. At the moment the UDF wants would like to focus on rebuilding the party and issues of alliances will be decided in due course by NEC,” said Patel.

Patel succeeded Atupele Muluzi who stepped down from his position last week to venture into business.

Earlier on Friday, the party’s National Executive Committee met in Blantyre where they endorsed Patel as the interim leader until the next elective conference which will take place in 2023 on a date yet to be announced.

The UDF has been working with the Democratic Progressive Party since the fresh presidential election.

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