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Malawians head to polls for May 2019 poll rerun

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<p>Malawians head to the polls Tuesday for a rerun of the May 2019 presidential election, annulled by the courts over massive fraud. </p> <p>65-year old former evangelical pastor and leader of the Malawi Congress Party, Lazarus Chakwera, is convinced that his time has come.</p> <p>For this new attempt, he has secured the support of Vice President, Saulos Chilima, who is not contesting.</p> <p>Since the beginning of the era of democracy, his party has systematically lost all national elections.</p> <p>Peter Mutharika, the outgoing president and leader of the Democratic Progressive Party has yet to make a statement. </p> <p>His first five years at the helm of affairs have also been marred by food and electricity shortages, a growing debt and a sharp decline in economic growth.</p> <p>The cancellation of Malawi’s 2019 presidential election due to fraud, has plunged the country into a political crisis marked by protests often fraught with violence.</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">AFP</span></strong></p>
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