Op­po­si­tion leader sworn in as pres­i­dent

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Malawi’s op­po­si­tion leader Lazarus Chak­w­era was sworn in Sun­day as the south­ern African coun­try’s new pres­i­dent after win­ning the re­run of a hotly dis­puted elec­tion.

It was a dra­matic re­ver­sal of for­tune for the in­cum­bent Peter Mutharika, whose vic­tory in a May 2019 bal­lot was over­turned by the Con­sti­tu­tional Court over fraud al­le­ga­tions.

Chak­w­era, a former evan­ge­list preacher, was de­clared the win­ner of the elec­tion re­play held on Tues­day with al­most 59 per­cent of the vote, ac­cord­ing to re­sults an­nounced late Satur­day. Malawi is only the sec­ond African coun­try south of the Sa­hara to have pres­i­den­tial poll re­sults over­turned in court, after Kenya in 2017. And it is the first time in the re­gion that a vote re­run has led to the de­feat of an in­cum­bent leader.

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