The Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre, Malawi was flocked with hundreds of people on Tuesday, who attended the swearing-in ceremony of President Peter Mutharika.
Taking his oath of office, he said: “I do solemnly swear that I will well and truly perform, the functions of high office as president.”
He also urged his rivals to join him in rebuilding the country.
The recent May 21, 2019 presidential elections were hotly contested but he narrowly won, garnering 38.57% of the votes.
His main rival and leader of the opposition Malawi Congress Party Lazarus Chakwera is yet to acknowledge the results.
Electoral Commission chairperson Jane Ansah declared Mutharika “president-elect” Monday despite attempts by Lazarus Chakwera, his main rival and leader of the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP), to dispute the results and have a vote recount in 10 of the country’s 28 districts due to what he called “anomalies”.
The High Court, which had on Saturday granted Chakwera temporary relief by stopping the Electoral Commission from announcing the results, lifted the order to allow the commission to do so. The MCP and another candidate, former vice president Saulos Chilima, are still disputing the results.
Free and fair elections
Both local and international observers have described the elections as free and fair.
But what does another five years in office mean to the country and how are Malawians reacting to it?
Author: Staff Writer