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Lazarus Chakwera sworn in as Malawi president after historic win

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Malawi’s new President Lazarus Chakwera is a former evangelical preacher who says he ventured into politics to answer God’s call.

The new President of Malawi, Lazarus Chakwera, won the presidential election 2020 defeating incumbent Peter Mutharika with 58.57% of votes in Tuesday’s poll.

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.

What do you think?

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