U.S. freezes aid package to Malawi

08:50, July 27, 2011      

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The U.S. government announced on Tuesday that it has frozen a multi-million-dollar aid package to Malawi in response to the country's crackdown on the recent protests.

The announcement was made by the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the U.S. government agency that provides aid to the Southern African country. It means that the U.S. aid package to Malawi's crippling energy sector, which is worth 350 million U.S. dollars, will now be on hold.

"MCC is deeply concerned by recent events in Malawi and is placing an immediate hold on all program operations in order to review its partnership with Malawi, including whether to recommend to its Board of Directors whether to suspend or terminate its assistance," the agency said in a statement.

The Death toll in last Wednesday's riots in the cities of Malawi has risen to 18 while several others were severely injured, Malawi Police and Ministry of Health confirmed to the local media.

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