Under the constitution of Malawi of 1994, the President of the Republic of Malawi is the Head of State and Government. The President leads the executive arm of the Government of Malawi and is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Malawian Defence Force.
The President is elected into office by ballot during Presidential elections by a majority of the electorate through direct, universal, and equal suffrage, the first-past-the-post. The president is elected for a five (5) years term of office, and could serve up to two (2) terms if given mandate by the electorate.
Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika is the current President of the Republic of Malawi. He was voted into office under the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) ticket during the May 2014 tripartite elections. He is currently serving his first term in office until 2019. He is the fifth (5th) President since Malawi’s Independence from the colonial British, and the fourth (4th) President since Malawi switched to Multi-Party Democracy from the one party, dictatorial system of governance.