Malawi’s president files appeal against ruling annulling his re-election

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Peter Mutharika, Malawi’s President, whose re-election has been annulled by a Court ruling has appealed the decision.

The appeal, which has been joined by the country’s Electoral Commission, is hoping to quash the earlier ruling which cancelled the narrow re-election victory of the President.

The President has described the result as a subversion of justice while the electoral Commission points to several inconsistencies in the case presented by the opposition party.

The country’s Constitutional Court cited “widespread, systematic and grave” irregularities, on which it based its decision to annul the results.

“A serious subversion of justice, an attack on our democratic systems and an attempt to undermine the will of the people”, President Mutharika noted.

“I can confirm that the court has received both appeals by first respondent (the president) and second respondent (electoral commission),” High Court Registrar Agnes Patemba told Reuters on Friday.

President Mutharika, 79-year-old, has been leader of the country since 2014, and narrowly came on top with 38.57% share of the vote, with his closest contender, Chakwera getting 35.41% and Chilima, who had formed his own party, with 20.24%.


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