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Malawi’s president vows to repeal gay ban

May 19, 2012
"It's really important for other African countries other than South Africa to move in this direction. Symbolically, I think it is very important for Africa."
- activist Mark Heywood

President Joyce Banda declared Friday she wants to repeal Malawi's laws against homosexual acts, going against a trend in Africa in which gays are being increasingly singled out for prosecution.

Banda, who assumed the presidency in April when her predecessor died, made the announcement in her first state of the nation address.

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