President Joyce Banda poses for a portrait in her office in Blantyre, Malawi. Banda entered politics in 1999, as a member of parliament. She later became Malawi's foreign minister, and in 2009, then-President Bingu wa Mutharika tapped her to become his vice presidential running mate because he needed the women's vote to get reelected. But after taking office, Mutharika marginalized her, denying her a cabinet position, taking away her security and expelling her from his political party. In the hours after Mutharika's death in April, several cabinet ministers tried to strip her of her constitutional right to take over as president. But the country's top general backed her, and Banda was later sworn in. "They failed miserably to separate me from Malawians," she said.
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