Malawi (1964–1966) Redirected from Malawi (Commonwealth realm)


Motto: "Unity and Freedom"
Anthem: Mulungu Dalitsi Malawi
"God Save Malawi"
GovernmentUnitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
• 1964–1966
Queen Elizabeth II
• 1964–1966
Sir Glyn Smallwood Jones
Prime Minister 
• 1964–1966
Hastings Banda
Historical eraCold War
• Independence
6 July 1964
• Republic
6 July 1966
CurrencyMalawian pound
Preceded by Succeeded by
Nyasaland Protectorate

Malawi was a predecessor to the modern-day Republic of Malawi. It existed between 1964 and 1966.[1][2][3] When British rule ended in 1964, by the Malawi Independence Act 1964,[1] the Nyasaland Protectorate, formerly a constituent of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, became an independent sovereign state. The British monarch was head of state and Malawi shared the sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II, with the other Commonwealth realms. The monarch's constitutional roles were mostly delegated to the Governor-General of Malawi, Sir Glyn Smallwood Jones (6 July 1964 – 6 July 1966).[4]

Queen Elizabeth II did not reside in or visit Malawi in the 1960s, but she did visit in 1979 (22–25 July).

Hastings Banda held office as prime minister (and head of government). Following the abolition of the monarchy, the Republic of Malawi came into existence on 6 July 1966 and Banda became the first President of Malawi.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Malawi Independence Bill (1964)". House of Commons. Historic Hansard. 11 May 1964. Retrieved 2017-01-26.
  2. ^ "Malawi Republic Bill Hl (1966)". House of Lords. Historic Hansard. 14 June 1966. Retrieved 2017-01-26.
  3. ^ Ben Cahoon. "Malawi". Worldstatesmen.org. Retrieved 2017-01-26.
  4. ^ Sir Glyn Jones: a Proconsul in Africa", by Colin Baker. Published in 2000 by I.B. Tauris, London and New York (ISBN 978-1-86064-461-0).

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