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Malawi: Opposition wins crucial by-election

Malawi: Opposition wins crucial by-election

A pro-democracy campaigner trumped the ruling party candidate on Wednesday in a critical by-election that signals increasing opposition to President Bingu wa Mutharika's seven-year rule of Malawi.
The electoral commission announced Enoch Chihana won 6,641 votes in the parliamentary seat for the northern Rumphi district against 3,275 for the ruling party candidate Norman Nyirenda. Two other candidates won fewer votes.
Nyirenda's campaign director charged that Chihana had been campaigning during Tuesday's vote.
"We acknowledge receipt of complaints from various parties but those alleged irregularities cannot affect the results," said the commission chairwoman, Judge Anastasia Msosa.
Mutharika has twice been democratically elected but has reacted to opposition with growing authoritarianism. He is the sole authority in the southern African nation since he fired his Cabinet after July protests turned violent and police fired on demonstrators, killing 20. .. Police had fired on demonstrators, killing 20 people. Another 250 people were injured.
International donors have frozen hundreds of millions of dollars in aid this year.


Updated : 2020-12-04 13:40 GMT+08:00