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Malawi's presidential election and what it means for Africa | DW News Africa

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Published on 12 Jan 2021 / In News & Politics

A giant leap for tiny Malawi, that's also a big step forward for Africa. The people of the southern African nation have given their clear backing to a new president, ousting the incumbent and electing the man at the head of an opposition alliance. Lazarus Chakwera comfortably beat Peter Mutharika with nearly 60 per cent of the vote, marking the first time in African history that an election rerun led to the defeat of an incumbent. It was a long, hard struggle for Lazarus Chakwera to make it to Capitol Hill in Lilongwe, starting with a peaceful election in 2019 that then went terribly wrong. A stolen vote and a second poll were all hurdles he had to overcome after a trip to Malawi's high court. So can what has happened in Malawi be a model for Africa? DW's Christine Mhundwa asked the president himself what his agenda is and DW asked people across the continent, in Zimbabwe, Uganda and Cameroon, if democracy can depose the old men in power where they are.
Correction: DW Africa would like to clarify that Cameroon's Paul Biya became prime minister in 1975. He was appointed president in 1982 and consolidated his power after a later attempted coup.
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