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Lazarus Chakwera elected president of Malawi

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The People of Malawi have spoke and selected Lazarus Chakwera from the opposition as the next president of the country.

65-year-old Chakwera clinched the seat beating the current president Peter Mutharika with 2,597,088 (59.4%) against 1,742,802 votes (39.86%).

Chakwera who is from the opposition Tonse Alliance and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) took an early during the day as provisional results from his strongholds came streaming in.

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Nationally he was leading by 453,085 votes against 243,534 of Mutharika in an election that saw 6.8 million registered voters.

Observers said it was too early to celebrate as results from the ruling party had not streamed in yet.

Speaking to his supporters, he called for calm praising the electoral commission for a job well done.

In May, Lazarus moved to court opposing the May 2019 election results arguing that they were filled with irregularities.

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