African Union congratulates new President of Malawi Lazarus Chakwera Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 1, 2021

Chairperson of the Africa Union Cyril Ramaphosa has congratulated Dr Lazarus Chakwera on his election as the President of the Republic of Malawi.

Chakwera was sworn in on Sunday after the announcement on Saturday night that he had won the southern African country’s rerun elections.

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Chakwera is Malawi’s sixth president after winning the historic election held last week. It is he first time a court-overturned vote in Africa has resulted in the defeat of an incumbent leader.

Marlyn Chakwera, Psychology graduate, with her parents, Dr. Lazarus and Monica Chakwera, during her graduation from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington, on May 9, 2009
Marlyn Chakwera, Psychology graduate, with her parents, Dr. Lazarus and Monica Chakwera, during her graduation from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington, on May 9, 2009

He won with 58.57% of votes cast, beating the incumbent president Peter Mutharika, according to official results announced by the Malawi Electoral Commission Saturday night.

“Perhaps the prospect of my presidency fills you with fear and grief. I want you to remember one thing, that this new Malawi is a home to you, too,” 65-year old Chakwera said in his inaugural speech on Sunday. “So long as I am its president it will be a home in which you, too, will prosper.”

AU chairperson Ramaphosa congratulated all stakeholders for the success of the historic election which followed a Malawi Constitutional Court judgement on 03 January 2020 which called for new elections to be held. Malawians returned to the polls on 23 June 2020. 

President Ramaphosa commended and congratulated the people of Malawi for conducting peaceful elections which have served to deepen democracy in Malawi. 

New President of Malawi Dr Lazarus Chakwera.

The AU Chairperson re-committed the Union to continued closer working ties with the Government of Malawi to enhance cooperation and pay particular attention to strengthening economic development and integration. 

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari also congratulated Chakwera.

“Greetings from the government and people of Nigeria. I congratulate you and the alliance on your impressive victory in the elections. I look forward to working with you for the advancement of peace, security and development of the entire continent,” said the President.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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