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President Mutharika reelected in polls challenged by opposition

Written by: George Kalisa
Tuesday, May 28th, 2019, 3:46
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Malawian President Peter Mutharika has narrowly won his second term in a neck-to-neck May21 election with 38.5 per cent against 35.4 per cent garnered by his main political challenger and Malawian Congress Party (MCP) leader Lazarus Chakwera.

 

Mutharika,78, the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) flag bearer has been declared the winner by the Malawian electoral Commission (MEC) after the country’s High Court suspended a court injunction that had followed a Court petition by Chakwera to delay the election results.

 

Chakwera claims elections were marked by irregularities citing a broken electoral system.

 

 

Mutharika’s ally and Vice President President Saulos Chilima also ran against him and got over 20 per cent of the vote finishing in the third place.  

The MEC) Chief, Jane Ansah had called for calm ahead of the announcement of election outcome.  

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