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New Malawi president sacks police chief

New Malawi president sacks police chief
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Human rights groups have praised a decision by Malawi’s new president to sack the chief of police, Peter Mukhito, whose officers killed 19 people in anti-government riots last year.

Joyce Banda was sworn in on Saturday after the previous President Bingu wa Mutharika, who she had opposed, died of a heart attack.

The police were accused of repressing dissent under her predecessor.

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