Malawi’s opposition MCP party candidate Dr Lazarus Chakwera has been sworn in as president, ending months of the tussle over the General elections.
Dr Chakwera beat the 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, after Kenya 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.
ODM leader Raila Odinga has congratulated Dr Chakwera stating that, ‘The Malawi election is a symbol of hope for those who support democracy in Africa and around the world.’