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Young Democrats (United Democratic Front) (Malawi)

Name assigned by coder: no
PGM ID Number: 75
Country: Malawi
Date formed: Oct. 6, 2000
Details of Formation: Formed at the height of Malawis struggle for human rights and democratic reforms in 1993, the Young Democrats were a youth wing of the various groupings rallying against dictator Kamuzu Banda's regime.
Date dissolved: Feb. 5, 2005
Details of Termination: As termination date 5 February 2005 as President Bingu wa Mutharika, who was elected on 20 May 2004 as UDF candiate, left the party and created a new party (DPP). UDF did not have majority in Parliament, and was then not involved in government anymore.
Successor group(s): none
Private Military Company? no
Government Relation: type1
Government Link(s): political party
Training and Equipment yes
Shared Information and Joint Operations yes
Shared personnel no information
Types of Material Support: domestic government
State Sponsor(s): none
Other Connection(s): Presidential advisors
Membership: adolescents; party activists
Location: Lilongwe, Blantyre, Ndirande, Machinga, Liwonde, Chiradzulu, Mzuzu, Kasungu, Chinsapo, Mulanje, Chigwilizano, Ntchilichili, Salima
Force Strength: [1000, 3000]
Target(s): civilians; unarmed political opposition, government critics; journalists
Purpose(s): intimidate political opposition
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