Opposition leader Dr Lazarus Chakwera has claimed victory in the presidential elections held in Malawi on Tuesday. Former president Peter Mutharika was compelled to concede defeat before official results were in as the lead by the opposition party continued to surge.
“The unofficial results are not in my favor. It is only wise to concede defeat at this moment. I wish the people of Malawi blessings and prosperity under the leadership of Dr Lazarus Chakwera.” Chakwera has won by a resounding 59% versus Mutharika’s 39%. He takes on the presidency with his running mate Saulos Chilima who had previously run independently in the 2019 elections. The two united fronts after the annulment of last year’s election.
The new president has started receiving congratulatory messages from leaders across the continent. “Fewer days do I get to celebrate like this. My friend, brother, and leader has just won the Malawian elections. I just got off the phone with him and celebrated his achievement,” tweeted South African politician Mmusi Maimane. Maimane also thanked God for the change that is finally coming to Malawi.