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MALAWI: Supreme Court quashes re-election of President Peter Mutharika

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The much contested re-election of outgoing President Peter Mutharika did not last long, the Supreme Court has just announced its annulment this Friday, April 8, 2020. A new election will be held on 2 July.

It is through the announcement of the judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal of the capital Lilongwe, Franck Kapanda that the fate of President Mutharika was sealed. The appeal against the annulment of the election in which he was re-elected President of the Republic by him and by the Local Electoral Commission (MEC), was rejected.

Peter Mutharika, now 79, has been in power since 2014. In May 2019, he was re-elected for a second term in the first round of the election. According to the MEC, he won 38.5% of the vote against 35.4% for opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera.

Results that were immediately challenged by the opposition. The latter had appealed to the Constitutional Court, which eventually annulled Peter Mutharika’s victory in February 2020 because of “characterised fraud”.

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The political ring is now reopened: three candidates are in the running. The two historical opponents, Peter Mutharika and Lazarus Chakwera, have already officially submitted their candidacy on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 to the Local Electoral Commission (MEC), but also Saulos Chilima.

       

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