Other members of the council are the Minister of State in the President's Office, John Tembo, and the Transport and Communications Minister, Robson Chirwa. The MCP was Malawi's only legal party until it lost a referendum in June. A multi-party election is planned for May.
A clinic spokesman in Johannesburg said Dr Banda, one of Africa's longest-ruling heads of state, will probably stay in hospital for at least another week. South Africa's Foreign Minister, Pik Botha, visited Dr Bandayesterday. Doctors operated on him on 3 October to drain excess brain fluid.