Mutharika to be sworn in as Malawi’s president

Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika is to be sworn in on Tuesday for a second term in office after winning a narrow and controversial election.

The ceremony will be in the commercial capital of Blantyre just hours after he was declared the winner of an election that was marred by allegations of vote tampering.

Mr Mutharika, who has been president since 2014, took 38.5% of the vote.

Opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera was a close second with 35%, while former Vice-President Saulos Chilima garnered 20%.

Mr Chakwera and Mr Chilima had earlier gone to court to attempt to block the announcement of the results, saying there were irregularities in some districts.

The announcement of the winner sparked small protests in opposition strongholds but the situation remains calm in Malawi.

Source: BBC

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