Malawi's president has appealed for calm after at least eight people were killed in clashes between police and anti-government protesters.
President Bingu wa Mutharika addressed the nation by radio Thursday, saying he is willing to sit down and talk with opponents.
Violent protests erupted Wednesday in the country's three largest cities: Blantyre, Mzuzu, and the capital, Lilongwe. Officials say the deaths took place in Mzuzu as police battled demonstrators.
Witnesses say rioters looted shops and set fires during the protests, and that police fired tear gas.