In February, Malawi’s constitutional court annulled Mr Mutharika’s poll win in May 2019, citing vote tampering.
The country was bitterly divided in the run-up to this week’s election. But Mr Chakwera said those who did not support him had nothing to fear.
“There’s no cause for fear because I will be your president and my policy for inclusivity means we are building a new Malawi for all of us,” Mr Chakwera said in an interview with BBC.
“I’m not a president of a faction, I’m a president of everyone in the country,” he added.
Who is Malawi’s new leader Lazarus Chakwera?
- The 65-year-old Chakwera was born to a poor rural family in a tiny village outside of the capital, Lilongwe.
- He is a philosopher, theologian and clergyman by training and studied in Malawi, South Africa and the United States.
- Chakwera has been a presence in Malawian politics since 2013 as a leader of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) the party that led Malawi’s fight for emancipation from British rule in the early 1960s.
- On that party’s platform, he ran for president in 2014 and 2019, placing second both times.
- After each election, Chakwera, a former pastor, has preached peace and urged Malawians to accept election results.
- Lazarus Chakwera has spent much of his life as a theologian.
- Now he is Malawi’s new president.