Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika has been narrowly elected to a second term in office with 38.5% of the vote cast on May 21 election at the end of the court battle. 

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The 78 year old incumbent leader had faced stiff competition in the 21 May election, including from his deputy.

The result was announced on Monday after an injunction ordered by the country’s high court was lifted.

Challenger Lazarus Chakwera, who finished in second place, had sought to delay the announcement because of concerns over voting irregularities.

The head of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), Jane Ansah, appealed for calm ahead of the announcement.


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2019-05-27

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