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Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika Sworn Into Office After Securing Re-election

Malawi’s May 21 elections came to an end – in the absence of any court challenge after the electoral commission (MEC) declared incumbent Peter Mutharika as winner in a hotly contested presidential race.

A High Court lifted an injunction allowing the MEC to announce final results of the poll on Monday. Mutharika secures his second and final term as president. He has since been sworn in at a ceremony in the city of Blantyre.

Citizens went to the polls on Tuesday, May 21, casting their votes to elect a president, members of parliament and local government councillors.

His main challengers were his former deputy, Saulos Chilima, and the leader of the country’s biggest opposition party, Lazarus Chakwera.

Mutharika swearing-in takes place today

The swearing-in ceremony for president Peter Arthur Mutharika took place in the city of Blantyre, specifically the Kamuzu Stadium. His vice-president Everton Chimulirenji also took his oath at the same ceremony.

Mutharika was declared winner of the May 21 presidential poll on Monday after a court vacated an injunction placed on the Malawi Electoral Commission, MEC.

The two main opposition candidates had lodged judicial complaints of electoral irregularities over the weekend.

Mutharika secured a slim margin of victory over opposition chief Lazarus Chakwera. The final records indicated that he got 1,940,709 (38.57%) with Chakwera getting 1,781,740 (35.41%). Former VP Saulos Chilima came in thrid with 1,107,369 (20.24%).





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