The former president, Bingu wa Mutharika, who had pushed many anti-gay laws, is deceased of a heart attack in April and was replaced by Joyce Banda.
As reports AFP, Mutharika’s increasingly hardline laws led to Malawi being ostracised by many in the international community, including major donors the US, Britain and Germany, which suspended funds to Malawi. Banda wants to change this:
"Some of the laws that were duly passed by this august house … will be repealed as a matter of urgency," Banda told parliament. The laws include the "indecent practices and unnatural acts," she added, referring to the gay ban’s legal name.
However it remain to see whether the Parliament will agree to repeal them.