Malawi: MCP, Utm Celebrate As Malawi Court Calls for Fresh Presidential Election

Malawi President Peter Mutharika addresses his supporters during his swearing-in ceremony in Blantyre, May, 28, 2019.
3 February 2020

Supporters of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM Party are holding night celebrations after the Constitution Court ruling overturned the election of incumbent President Peter Mutharika, in an unprecedented decision nullifying the results of May 2019 elections due to "irregularities".

Supporters of MCP leader Lazarus Chakwera and UTM's president Saulos Chilima have filled the streets of the locations in Lilongwe, cheering their support for the court's decision.

The case was being heard by a five-judge panel in the High Court in Lilongwe that was sitting as a Constitutional Court.

Right from the court, the supporters were chanting and praising judges for the landmark ruling.

It is the first election in Malawi's history to be overturned.

The ruling from the Constitution Court rendered the results of the presidential election "nullified", violating the constitution and thereby requiring a "fresh presidential election" to be conducted within 150 days.

As the decision was announced on Monday evening, crowds of jubilant opposition supporters outside the court broke out into cheers and political party chants.

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