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USA Secretary of State Michael Pompeo has congratulated Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera for winning the June 23, 2020 fresh presidential election.

According to a statement available on U.S. Department of State, Africa Regional Media Hub, Pompeo has described the events from nullification of the May 21, 2019 presidential elections to the holding of fresh poll and smooth transition of power to opposition as historic in Africa.

“Last week, the people of Malawi elected Lazarus Chakwera as their next president. This is only the second time in Africa that a court has overturned a presidential election tainted by irregularities, and the only time that a re-election process has resulted in the election of an opposite party candidate. Truly a historic opportunity for the people of that country,” said Pompeo.

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Meanwhile, political and social commentator Henry Chingaipe has said the inclusive governance of Chakwera and Chilima should make sure to make Malawians feel and believe that they are Malawians.

“Chakwera and Chilima should create a narrative of inclusion, policies and programmers that must focus on the 50 percent and be implemented in such ways that a big part of that 50 percent begin to reduce their affinity to ethnic identity as a parameter for making decisions on matters of national importance,” said Chingaipe.

The recent Afrobarometer data shows that 50 percent of the population feels as Malawian as they feel to be of their ethnic group, while 28 percent feel to be only Malawian, five percent feel to be more Malawian than of their ethnic group.

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While 14 percent feel to be only of their ethnic group (don’t care about your Malawi) and 3 percent feel to be more of their ethnic group than Malawian.

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