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Teargas and riots in Malawi

Protesters are demanding a recount of the 20 May elections.

Malawi's United Democratic Front (UDF) party supporters sing and dance on 24 May, 2014 to support their party's president. Picture: AFP.

LILONGWE - Malawian police on Friday fired teargas and rubber bullets to disperse dozens of protesters demanding a recount of the 20 May vote that President Joyce Banda has said was fraudulent.

"Shops have been smashed, government offices closed and tyres are still burning, but we have put the situation under control at the moment," said police officer Elijah Kachikuwo.

The High Court is due to decide today whether the Malawi Electoral Commission should announce the result, which Banda's opponent is likely to have won, or if it should recount ballots, a process that could take two months.