Democracy at work: Malawi’s opposition leader emerges president as court nullifies presidential poll.

Mr. Chakwera, Malawi's new president
Mr. Chakwera, Malawi's new president

For the first time in Africa, a presidential election was overturned by court, re-conducted and ended in favour of the opposition leader, Mr Lazarus Chakwera

Chakwera defeated incumbent Peter Mutharika with 58.57% of the vote in Tuesday’s poll, the electoral commission announced late on Saturday.

In February, Malawi’s constitutional court annulled Mr Mutharika’s victory in the May 2019 election, citing vote tampering.

The country was bitterly divided in the run-up to this week’s election.

It is the second African nation to annul a presidential election over irregularities, afterKenya in 2017 .

Following the official result on Saturday, Mr Chakwera said his victory was “a win for democracy and justice,” adding: “My heart is bubbling with joy.

His supporters took to the streets of the Malawian capital, Lilongwe, sounding car horns and letting off fireworks.

Mr Chakwera is expected to be sworn in later today.

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