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Madonna criticises Malawi president amid vote chaos

Published on May 27, 2014 10:41 AM
 
Pop diva Madonna has weighed in on Malawi's chaotic election, criticising embattled President Joyce Banda (above) who has tried to nullify the vote amid allegations of irregularities. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP  

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AFP) - Pop diva Madonna has weighed in on Malawi's chaotic election, criticising embattled President Joyce Banda who has tried to nullify the vote amid allegations of irregularities.

The superstar, who adopted two children from the southern African nation, has been involved in a long-running spat with Malawi's government over her charity work in the country.

In a statement posted on the website of her charity Raising Malawi, Madonna accused the government of corruption and of failing its people. "I am so sad to see that because of the actions of their president Malawians will continue to suffer," the American singer said. "In my philanthropic work I have seen the depths of corruption in Malawi's government. I can only hope that change will come, Malawians deserve so much better."

The remarks come after Ms Banda attempted to declare the presidential election "null and void", prompting fierce legal wrangling over her right to do so.

 
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