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‘So Help Me God’ Malawi’s Peter Mutharika Sworn-in By Declaring ‘I Did Not Die!’

Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika ended his oath of office for a second five-year term with: “So help me God” after he narrowly won re-election with 38% of the votes in last week’s polls, while his closest challenger leader Lazarus Chakwera received 35%.

A Bible is traditionally used in administering the oath administered by the Chief Justice .

In a ceremony that took place at Kamuzu Stadium, Mutharika began his acceptance speech by declaring “I did not die!” to address persistent rumors ahead of the vote.

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He added that “it is time to move on and develop the country.”

Mutharika, a former law professor in the United States, campaigned for a second five-year term on a record of improving roads and power infrastructure in the impoverished southeast African country.

During his first term of office, inflation fell from 23% to below nine percent, but still just one in nine of the population have access to mains electricity.

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Written by How Africa

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