Peter Mutharika sworn in as Malawi president

LILONGWE - Peter Mutharika has been sworn in as Malawi's president after the High Court rejected a request for a recount following allegations of vote-rigging.

The leader of the Democratic Progressive Party urged the 11 other presidential candidates to "join me in rebuilding the country".

Outgoing President Joyce Banda had alleged ballot fraud but has now admitted defeat.

Malawi is one of the world's poorest nations.

It is heavily dependent on aid, which provides 40% of the government's budget.

A protester died on Friday as police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse an angry crowd demanding a recount of last week's ballot in the south-eastern town of Mangochi.

Mr Mutharika is the brother of the late President Bingu wa Mutharika, who died in office in 2012, and had served as his foreign minister.

He obtained 36.4% of the vote, according to the electoral commission, and said he felt "very humbled" to become Malawi's fifth president.

"It's obvious we are facing serious problems in this country. All of us together, let us build the country which is almost on the verge of collapse," he said.

Former preacher Lazarus Chakwera came second in the election with 27.8% of the vote. He represented the Malawi Congress Party, which governed from independence in 1964 until the first multi-party poll in 1994.

Mrs Banda, who came to power after the death of Bingu wa Mutharika two years ago, was third with 20.2% of the vote. Her administration had been hit by a corruption scandal dubbed "cashgate", which led donors to cut aid.

Mrs Banda had attempted to have the polls declared "null and void" on the grounds of "serious irregularities".

Comments (4)

Yes Joyce Banda deserved to lose as she was now leaning onto a dictator. She lost direction at the last minute &hence the dire consequences.

tambawega - 2 June 2014

Congulatulations to Mr. Peter waMutharika. A word of advice; know who your true allies are. Your predecessor Joyce became too close to one of the well known totallitalian leader in the southern African region. Her popularity with the people waned. Be a no nonsense leader like Khama Ian Khama. The only leader in the SADC who stood for the truth with respect to Zimbabwe's disputed election outcome.

tomasi ndofeni tohwi - 2 June 2014

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CARTRIGDE GALLERY - 3 June 2014

Big upto the Malawians, presidents come and go not die in office this way you curb some misbehaviour from people who end up calling themselves untouchables like in this country were even a thug can hire police to harasss other citizens.

wamaromo - 3 June 2014

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