Ban mourns death of Malawi President, welcomes peaceful transition of power
In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said he was saddened by Mr. Mutharika's death, and offered his condolences "to the bereaved family, the Government and the people of Malawi."
According to media reports, Mr. Mutharika, 78, went into cardiac arrest on Thursday. However, his death was not confirmed until today.
Mr. Ban welcomed the peaceful transition in the country, and said he looks forward to working with the Government under acting President Joyce Banda, who had served as Malawi's Vice President since 2009.
Ms. Banda is the country's first female Head of State.