April 6th, 2012
10:47 AM ET

President of Malawi dies after heart attack

Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika, once hailed as a positive steward for the southern African country, has died after a heart attack, government officials said Friday.

Mutharika was 78.

His body was flown to South Africa, the officials said.

The former World Bank economist first became president in 2004 after campaigning as an "economic engineer," and was re-elected five years later.

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