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In what is increasingly becoming a predictable trend in Africa,Malawi, traditionally dependent on Western aid donors, will look for “new friends” in countries such as China and Russia, newly elected President Peter Mutharika said at his inauguration Monday.

The ceremony at a stadium in the commercial capital Blantyre was boycotted by outgoing President Joyce Banda, who was soundly beaten by Mutharika in disputed elections held on May 20.

Mr Mutharika, who takes power in one of the world’s poorest countries where 40 per cent of the budget comes from aid, said the donor nations were “welcome to stay here.”

Foreign policy would be based on what is best for Malawi, he said.

“We will continue with traditional relationships, but we are now looking for new friends in emerging
economies such as Brazil, China, India, South Africa and Russia.”

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