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For the 1st Time in Africa's History, the Opposition Candidate wins Elections rerun in Malawi.


Malawi's opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera has won the country's rerun presidential vote, officials say.


He defeated incumbent Peter Mutharika with 58.57% of the vote in Tuesday's poll, the electoral commission announced late on Saturday.

In February, Malawi's constitutional court annulled Mr. Mutharika's victory in the May 2019 election, citing vote tampering.


This is a hugely significant moment in Malawi's and Africa's political history and is evidence that neither the courts nor the electorate was prepared to be bullied or influenced by presidential power.

Other countries in Africa have had elections annulled - it happened in Kenya a few years ago but for the opposition candidate to then go on and win a rerun is unprecedented.


Following the official result on Saturday, Mr. Chakwera said his victory was "a win for democracy and justice," adding: "My heart is bubbling with joy."

His supporters took to the streets of the Malawian capital, Lilongwe, sounding car horns and letting off fireworks.

Mr. Chakwera is expected to be sworn in on Sunday.

Peter Mutharika's narrow victory in last year's poll was canceled by the Constitutional Court after evidence emerged that correction fluid had been used to alter the vote tallies. He then turned to the Supreme Court for help. Judges there came under a lot of pressure but stood firm. And now the majority of Malawian voters have rejected him in a rerun.

Mr. Mutharika is now crying foul and may mount a legal challenge, but the people of Malawi have chosen Lazarus Chakwera as their next president.


Speaking ahead of Saturday's results, Mr. Mutharika said that while he found the election "unacceptable", it was his "sincere hope that we should take this country forward instead of backwards".


Source: BBC


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