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Lazarus Chakwera’s political fortunes have been revived by a court docket ruling that annulled final yr’s flawed election

Malawi’s opposition chief Lazarus Chakwera has gained the nation’s rerun presidential vote, officers say.

He defeated incumbent Peter Mutharika with virtually 59% of the vote in Tuesday’s ballot, the electoral fee introduced late on Saturday.

In February, Malawi’s constitutional court docket annulled Mr Mutharika’s victory within the Might 2019 election, citing vote tampering.

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

It’s the second African nation to annul a presidential election over irregularities, after Kenya in 2017.

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Why was there a brand new vote?

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

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

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Outgoing President Peter Mutharika described Tuesday’s vote because the worst election Malawi has ever had

Mr Chakwera, who got here second in that election, argued that tallying types had been added up incorrectly and tampered with utilizing Tipp-Ex correction fluid.

A woman voting in Malawi, 21 May 2019

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Malawi’s 13-month election

First electionon 21 Might 2019

Mutharikasworn in on 27 Might 2019

Hundreds proteston 20 June 2019, complaining of fraud

Constitutional court docketoverturns outcome on 3 February 2020 and orders re-run

Courtroom rejectsMutharika’s enchantment on 8 Might 2020

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Uncertainty across the outcome sparked months of rigidity, which spilled over into clashes between opposition supporters and police.

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February’s annulment led some to rejoice, however Mr Mutharika described it as a “critical subversion of justice” which marked the dying of the nation’s democracy.

There have been considerations over the logistics and security of finishing up an election within the midst of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

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This week’s rerun was largely peaceable, regardless of deep tensions

Who’s Lazarus Chakwera ?

The opposition chief, a former cleric, heads up the opposition Malawi Congress Get together (MCP).

Born in Lilongwe to a subsistence farmer, the philosophy and theology graduate has pledged to lift the nationwide minimal wage, amongst different reforms.

Lazarus Chakwera


Lazarus Chakwera

Candidate for the Tonse Alliance

Born 5 April 1955

Studied theology in Malawi, South Africa and USA

Pastor and lecturer labored on the Assemblies of God Faculty of Theology

Authored a number of books on faith together with Attain the Nations

Ran for president in 2014 and got here second

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Mr Chakwera leads a nine-party coalition, the Tonse Alliance, and had the backing of former President Joyce Banda in addition to the nation’s vice-president, Saulos Chilima, as his operating mate.

Mr Chilima – who completed third within the 2019 vote – was as soon as an ally of President Mutharika, however has since fallen out with him.

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