Lazarus Chakwera, a Pentecostal pastor-turned-politician, was inaugurated as Malawi’s president after winning the first opposition victory in an election rerun in African history. Mr Chakwera took the oath of office in Lilongwe, the landlocked south-east African nation’s capital, on Sunday. He defeated incumbent Peter Mutharika with 58 per cent of the vote following Tuesday’s poll. Malawian judges ordered a rerun after they ruled that fraud, including the use of Tipp-Ex correction fluid to alter tallies, marred Mr Mutharika’s re-election a year ago.
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The incumbent president of Botswana, Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi has been declared the winner of the 2019 general elections. The announcement was made by Botswana’s Chief Justice Terrence Rannowane. Justice Terrence Rannowane that the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) won the election after securing 29 national assembly seats, representing 51% of the vote. Citizens of Botswana voted on Wednesday (23/10) to elect 57 national assemblies and 490 local government representatives, with the candidate of the winning party set to become president.
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A High Court in Malawi has dismissed government’s request to place an injunction on all protests relating to post-election disputes in the southern African country. The Attorney General had petitioned the court to ban the protests which have over the last few months resulted in clashes between opposition elements and security forces. The court in Lilongwe dismissed Attorney General Kaleleni Kaphale’s application for a injunction against the protests targeting Jane Ansah – the head of the country’s elections body.