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Mutharika wins Malawi’s disputed presidential vote31052014
Democratic Progressive Party leader Peter Mutharika has been declared the winner of Malawi’s disputed presidential election after defeating President Joyce Banda. Mutharika, the brother of former president Bingu wa Mutharika, took 36.4 per cent of the votes cast against Banda’s 20.2 per cent, the electoral commission said. The results were announced on Friday minutes after the high court refused a last-ditch attempt to block their release and allow time for a recount. Electoral commission Chief Maxon Mbendera declared Mutharika “president-elect” after last week’s vote, which Banda said was marred by “serious irregularities” and “null and void”. The results showed that Banda was beaten into third place by Lazarus Chakwera of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP), who garnered 27.8 per cent of the vote. Party spokeswoman Jessie Kabwila told the MCP, which had made the bid for a recount, would challenge the results in court. “We are di…