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Malawi arrests dissident editor

JOHANNESBURG (Reuter) - Malawian police have arrested the editor and confiscated 20,000 copies of a dissident newspaper due to be launched this weekend.

Opposition sources said Felix Mponda, a member of the Alliance for Democracy (Aford) and editor of the New Express, was arrested on New Year's Day at Lilongwe airport on his return to Malawi from Zambia where the paper had been printed. Aford is seeking an end to one- party rule by President-for-life Kamuzu Banda, who has ruled Malawi since independence from Britain in 1964. He has called a referendum on the issue of one-party rule for 15 March.