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Malawi has earned praise world over for peacefully electing Lazarus Chakwera as President in the court-ordered fresh presidential election conducted in June 23.

Chakwera took oath of office Sunday in Lilongwe after emerging winner in the poll.

Among others, the Office of the United Kingdom in Malawi, the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) and individual Heads of State in the region are sending their best wishes to President Chakwera and the country at large.

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“Congratulations to Malawi for a successful election. Malawians’ commitment to resolving differences through democratic institutions has inspired Africa. As a long term friend, Great Britain looks forward to working with Dr Lazarus Chakwera and his government to tackle issues that matter to all,” reads a statement on the Facebook and Twitter accounts of the United Kingdom office in Malawi.

Sadc in a statement signed by Chairperson Emerson Mnangagwa commends the people of Malawi for political tolerance and maturity demonstrated throughout the electoral process.

Mnangagwa, who is also president of Zimbabwe, has also congratulated Chakwera for the victory.

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“Furthermore, Sadc applauds the Malawi Electoral Commission for the efficient and effective organisation and management of the re-run presidential elections in the face of the challenge occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic,” reads the statement in part.

Chakwera has been sworn in after he amassed 2,604,043 votes representing 58.57 percent of the total valid votes cast.

His closest challenger, former president Peter Mutharika got 1,751,877 votes which is 39 percent of the total valid votes cast while Peter Kuwani of the Mbakuwaku Movement for Development got 32,456 votes which is 0.7 percent of the votes.

Chewa King of Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique Kalonga Gawa Undi has also sent his best wishes to President Chakwera on his election to the country’s highest office.

Coordinator for the Chewas in Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique, Senior Chief Lukwa of Kasungu, said Gawa Undi was pleased that Malawians freely exercised their democratic right to elect Chakwera as their president.

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