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Malawi's new president urges all to root out corruption

Jul. 6, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Malawi’s newly elected President Lazarus Chakwera has been inaugurated Monday in a small ceremony, following a last-minute change from a stadium event in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Instead of a ceremony at the 40,000-seat stadium, about 100 people...

Malawi's newly elected President Lazarus Chakwera greets supporters after being sworn in in Lilongwe, Malawi, Sunday, June 28 2020. Chakwera is Malawi’s sixth president after winning the historic election held last week, the first time a court-overturned vote in Africa has resulted in the defeat of an incumbent leader. (AP Photo/Thoko Chikondi)

Lazarus Chakwera inaugurated as Malawi's new president

Jun. 28, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Lazarus Chakwera has been sworn in as Malawi's new president Sunday after the announcement the previous night that he had won the southern African country's rerun elections. Chakwera is Malawi's sixth president after winning the historic election held last week, the first time a...

Malawian President Peter Mutharika addresses the media at a news conference in Blantyre, Malawi, Saturday, June 27, 2020. More than 6 million Malawians went to the polls in an election re-run Tuesday, June 23, 2020, after a court overturned last year's election results and ordered a fresh vote. (AP Photo/Thoko Chikondi)

Opposition wins historic rerun of Malawi's presidential vote

Jun. 27, 2020 11:25 PM EDT

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — The opposition has won Malawi’s historic rerun of the presidential election, the first time a court-overturned vote in Africa has led to the defeat of an incumbent leader. Lazarus Chakwera’s victory late Saturday was a result of months of determined street protests in...

Opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera wins historic rerun of presidential election in Malawi, a 1st in Africa

Jun. 27, 2020 5:04 PM EDT
LILONGWE, Malawi (AP) — Opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera wins historic rerun of presidential election in Malawi, a 1st in Africa.
Voting station officials prepare lighting to count votes the end of a days voting at a polling station in Blantyre, Malawi Tuesday, June 23 2020. The country returned to the polls to elect a president, after the courts nullified the results of the election held more than a year ago. (AP Photo/Thoko Chikondi)

Opposition poised to win Malawi's fresh presidential vote

Jun. 26, 2020 5:13 AM EDT

LILONGWE, Malawi (AP) — The opposition looks poised to win a historic presidential election in Malawi, where a court overturned the original vote last year citing widespread irregularities including the use of correction fluid on ballots. This is just the second time in Africa that a court has overturned a...

A woman carrying a child on her back washes her hands at a polling station during a presidential election in Blantyre, Malawi, Tuesday, June 23 2020.  Polls have opened in Malawi and voters began casting their ballots Tuesday in a rerun of the presidential poll after the courts nullified the results of the election held more than a year ago.(AP Photo/Thoko Chikondi)

Malawi starts counting votes in rerun of presidential poll

Jun. 23, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Polls closed across Malawi Tuesday evening after millions voted for the country’s president in a rerun of the 2019 election that was nullified by the courts because of vote tampering. Counting of ballots has begun at the 5,000 polling stations and the results will be...

Malawi to go to polls again, after first election nullified

Jun. 22, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Voters in Malawi will return to the polls Tuesday to elect a president after the courts nullified the results of the election held more than a year ago. The Constitutional Court on Feb. 3 ordered that the election be held again, ruling that the first results were not valid because...

Joyce Muchenje,centre, poses for a photo with her three children, who all have albinism, outside their family home in Chitungwiza on the outskirts of Harare, in this Tuesday, June, 9, 2020.  Muchenje used to provide for them by washing laundry and household cleaning for cross border traders at a busy border town before the lockdown, but now the border trade has stopped and Mutenje has run out of money to get the skin cream for her children. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

In Zimbabwe, people with albinism struggle against prejudice

Jun. 13, 2020 3:10 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Each time Yvonne Gumbo, who has albinism, and her friends get together for a picture, she insists on being in the center. “I tell them I make the picture beautiful because I am special,” she told The Associated Press at her home in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare,...