Lazarus Chakwera sworn in as Malawi president

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Lazarus Chakwera sworn in as Malawi president

Lazarus Chakwera took oath as president of Malawi after a successful election rerun.

He defeated incumbent Peter Mutharika with 58.57% of the vote in Tuesday’s ballot, the electoral data introduced late on Saturday.

In February, Malawi’s courtroom annulled Mr. Mutharika’s victory in the 2019 election, claiming of vote tampering.

The nation was bitterly divided in the run-up to this week’s election.

Other nations in Africa have had elections annulled – it occurred in Kenya in 2017 – however for the opposition candidate to then go on and win a rerun is unprecedented, correspondents say.

Speaking forward of Saturday’s outcomes, Mr. Mutharika mentioned that whereas he discovered the election “unacceptable”, it was his “sincere hope that we should take this country forward instead of backward.”

Lazarus Chakwera addressing a campaign rally (file pic)
Image Credit: Reuters

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Saulos Chilima, Mr. Chakwera’s working mate, was additionally sworn in as vice-president at a ceremony in the capital, Lilongwe.

Mr. Chakwera, a Pentecostal preacher and former theology lecturer, will first must heal a nation that has been by many months of political turmoil.

Why was there a new vote?

A rerun of the 2019 election was ordered after the Constitutional Court discovered the unique poll had been marred by widespread irregularities.

That election noticed President Mutharika narrowly re-elected by fewer than 159,000 votes.

Mr. Chakwera, who got here second in that election, argued that tallying varieties had been added up incorrectly and tampered with.

  • First election on 21 May 2019.
  • Mutharikasworn in on 27 May 2019.
  • Thousands of people protest on June 2019, complaining of fraud in the election.
  • Constitutional courtroom consequence on 3 February 2020 and orders re-run.
  • Court rejectsMutharika’s appeal on 8 May 2020.

Source: BBC

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