Malawi's new president sworn in after historic rerun

The historic rerun of Malawi’s presidential election has been won by Lazarus Chakwera's Malawi Congress Party(MCP).

The Malawian election is the first time a court-overturned vote in Africa has led to the defeat of an incumbent leader.

Mr Chakwera defeated incumbent Peter Mutharika with 58.57% of the vote in Tuesday's poll.

In February, Malawi's constitutional court annulled Mr Mutharika's poll win in May 2019, citing vote tampering.

Months of deadly unrest had followed the announcement of the election, as people took to the streets to protest.

The constitutional court on 3 February unanimously ordered that the vote be held again, citing “widespread, systematic and grave” evidence of irregularities and vote tampering.

Mutharika wanted a second and final five-year term.

The outgoing president’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) had on Friday called on Malawi’s Electoral Commission (MEC) to annul the results of the second vote and declare a third election.

Who is Lazarus Chakwera?

The opposition leader is a former cleric and heads up the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP).

Born in Lilongwe to a subsistence farmer, the philosophy and theology graduate has pledged to raise the national minimum wage, among other reforms.

Meanwhile, Saulos Chilima, Mr Chakwera's running mate, has also been sworn in as vice-president at a ceremony in the capital, Lilongwe.

Mr Chakwera said: "I want to provide leadership that makes everybody prosper, that deals decisively with corruption and theft of public funds and a leadership that will follow the rule of law."

He added: "I do feel like Lazarus, I've come back from the dead, it's been a long journey and we feel vindicated in a way," he said about winning the rerun election."