Malawi is a country in Africa, and its aptly named, Lake Malawi, the third largest lake on the continent, runs along most of its eastern border. It's described as the "Warm Heart of Africa," referring to the friendliness of the people. Established in 1891, the British protectorate of Nyasaland became the independent nation of Malawi on July 6, 1964. After three decades of one-party rule, the country held multi-party elections in 1994 under a provisional constitution, which took full effect the following year. National multiparty elections were held again in 1999 and 2004, electing present president Bingu wa Mutharika.