Lazarus Chakwera elected as President of Malawi

Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera (Photo/Courtesy)

Malawi’s opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera has been elected as the sixth President of the Republic of Malawi with 58.7% of the vote in Tuesday’s poll. President Lazarus beat incumbent Peter Mutharika in a historic rerun.

Late Saturday, the Malawi Electoral commission (MEC) declared opposition leader Dr. Lazarus Chakwera President-Elect after he garnered 58% of the vote in repeat elections ordered by the Malawi Supreme Court.

In February, Malawi’s constitutional court annulled Mutharika’s win in 2019 elections because of vote tampering.

After the announcement of the victory, Chakwera said his heart was bubbling with joy and that his victory was “a win for democracy and justice.”

President Chakwera’s supporters celebrated the huge win by taking to the streets of Malawian capital Lilongwe.

Car horns and fireworks were loudly sounded as part of the celebrations. The president will be sworn in on Sunday.

 

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