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Malawi Court to Hear President’s Appeal Against Vote Annulment

Malawi’s Supreme Court will hear next month an appeal by President Peter Mutharika against a ruling that annulled his May 2019 re-election, an official said on Monday.

In February, the Constitutional Court nullified results that saw Mutharika narrowly re-elected, citing widespread irregularities, in particular the “massive” use of correction fluid on tally sheets.

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The ruling was issued with an order for officials to hold a new presidential election within 150 days.

Allegations of vote-rigging following the May 2019 poll sparked protests across the normally peaceful southern African country, and violence erupted at several demonstrations.

On Monday, spokeswoman Agnes Patemba told AFP that an appeal lodged by Mutharika and the electoral commission would be heard for two weeks from mid April.

“Seven Supreme Court justices will convene to hear the appeal …. on April 15,” she said.

On Sunday, two protest organisers were arrested for threatening more demonstrations if Mutharika did not sign laws to allow for fresh polls.

Mutharika had warned them to stop organising protests shortly before they were arrested.

“Be warned, your time is up, the party is over, get up and smell the coffee,” Mutharika said during a rally by supporters.

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Written by How Africa

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