Malawi’s new president calls for unity after disputed vote re-run

June 29, 2020

Malawi’s newly elected President Lazarus Chakwera has vowed to maintain unity in the southern African country after quashing the incumbent’s bid for a second term in the re-run of a hotly contested election. It was a dramatic twist of fortune for outgoing president Peter Mutharika, whose victory in a May 2019 ballot was overturned by the Constitutional Court over fraud allegations.


Chakwera, a former evangelist preacher, was declared the winner of the election replay with almost 59 percent of the vote, according to results announced late Saturday.

Malawi is only the second sub-Saharan African country to have presidential poll results overturned in court, after Kenya in 2017. It is also the first time in the region that a vote re-run has led to the defeat of an incumbent leader. The election was hailed by leaders across the continent as a peaceful transition of power.

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