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Malawi Opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera wins presidential re-run

Malawi opposition leader Dr Lazarus Chakwera was on Saturday declared the winner of the presidential re-run

Chakwera 65, bagged the required majority with 58.57% of the vote on Tuesday, Malawi Electoral Commission said.

Chakwera trounced incumbent Mutharika who has been in power since 2014 and who garnered 39.4% of the votes


" My victory is a win for democracy and justice. My heart is bubbling with Joy, " Chakwera said after his win

In February, Malawi Supreme Court found the first election had been marred by wide
spread irregularities including the use of correction fluid to tamper with the result sheets.

Earlier on Saturday, Mutharika's Democratic Progressive Party contested the election re-run citing intimidation against their monitors and violence.

" We have no further comment to make about the election re-run results, " Mutharika's Spokesman Mgeme Kalilani said

DPP further called for the electoral commission to annul the results and declare a third election.

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