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Malawi: Mutharika to appeal his re-election annulment

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Malawi’s president, Peter Mutharika has revealed he would be appealing his re-election annulment decision by a court.

On Monday a court nullified his re-election last year, citing several irregularities after the opposition challenged the election results.

But the Presidential spokesman Mgeme Kalirani said the presidency had assembled papers for the appeal against the ruling.

“The ruling by (the) … court cannot be allowed to stand … it will create a lot of problems in the country’s jurisprudence,” Kalirani said in a statement.

He adds that “it is a great miscarriage of justice.”

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President Peter Mutharika last year was sworn in for a second five-year term, despite the challenge to election results in court.

He took his oath of office at an inauguration ceremony in Blantyre, Malawi’s second largest city, promising to tackle corruption.

But the May 2019 election was characterized by controversy with the opposition challenging the validity of the vote.

Mutharika was declared winner of the election with a 38.57% share of the vote.

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But the opposition party leader Lazarus Chakwera who came second with 35.41% rejected the final results.

A new vote will now take place within 151 days, making this a land mark ruling related to elections in an African country.

 

 

Source: Africafeeds.com

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