President Buhari congratulates Malawi’s new president

Malawi's newly elected President, Lazarus Chakwera

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Malawi Opposition Alliance Leader, Lazarus Chakwera, the winner of the country’s presidential election re-run.

The president stated this in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Mallam Garba Shehu, on Sunday in Abuja.

According to the statement, President Buhari looks forward to working with the Malawian president for the advancement of peace, security and development of the entire continent.

Chakwera defeated incumbent Peter Mutharika with 58.57% of the vote in Tuesday’s poll, the electoral commission announced late on Saturday.

In February, Malawi’s constitutional court annulled Mr Mutharika’s victory in the May 2019 election, citing vote tampering.

Following the official result on Saturday, Mr Chakwera said his victory was “a win for democracy and justice,” adding: “My heart is bubbling with joy.”

Chakwera, who was sworn in as President on Sunday, had his supporters took to the streets of the Malawian capital, Lilongwe, sounding car horns and letting off fireworks.