Statement by Victoria Nuland, spokesperson United States Department of State:
The United States congratulates Joyce Banda on becoming the new President of Malawi and looks forward to continued partnership with the government and people of Malawi. Secretary Clinton spoke with President Banda this morning. They discussed the importance of adhering to rule of law, and to working across parties as the Government of Malawi moves forward.
We congratulate Malawi for ensuring that the transfer of power was both peaceful and reflected the letter and spirit of their constitution. The people of Malawi have demonstrated once again their commitment to democratic values as the foundation of the rule of law.
We also extend our condolences to the family of former President Mutharika on his passing.