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After historic election, what next for Malawi?

After historic election, what next for Malawi?
How significant is Lazarus Chakwera’s win and what are the challenges ahead as he takes the reins of a divided country?
by Hamza Mohamed
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Lazarus Chakwera waves to a crowd as he arrives at his last campaign rally, in Lilongwe, ahead of the rerun general elections. Chakwera on June 27, 2020 was declared winner with 59 percent of the vote [Gianluigi Guercia/ AFP] Malawi opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera has been sworn in as the country’s new president after beating the incumbent Peter Mutharika in an historic rerun vote.
“With your help, we will restore the nation’s faith in the possibility of a government that serves. Not a government that rules. A government that inspires, not a government that infuriates. A government that listens, not a government that shouts. A government that fights for you and not against you,” said Chakwera during Sunday’s ceremony attended by thousands in the capital, Lilongwe.
 Malawi set for landmark presidential rerun5 days ago
 Malawi’s electoral chief resigns ahead of election rerunlast month
 Malawi court rejects president’s appeal against poll annulmentlast month
 Malawi president files for election rerun with ex-leader’s sonlast month
Chakwera garnered 2.6 million of the 4.4 million votes cast, representing about 59 percent, against Mutharika’s 1.7 million votes, or about 39 percent, Malawi’s Electoral Commission said late on Saturday.
“The outcome is not surprising at all. It is what most Malawians were expecting. The only thing people are surprised with is the win margin,” Jimmy Kainja, a lecturer in media, communication and cultural studies at the University of Malawi,

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