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President Mutharika takes lead in Malawi election with 75% of votes counted

Lazarus Chakwera, who heads the opposition Malawi Congress Party, has 35.34%, while Deputy President Saulos Chilima has secured 18.35%, the commission told a news conference.

FILE: A woman casts her vote at the Ndirande Community ground polling centre on 21 May 2019 in Blantyre, southern Malawi, during the country general elections. Picture: AFP

BLANTYRE - Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika has so far taken 40.44% of votes cast in the 21 May presidential election, with 75% of the vote counted, the Electoral Commission said on Thursday.

Lazarus Chakwera, who heads the opposition Malawi Congress Party, has 35.34%, while Deputy President Saulos Chilima has secured 18.35%, the commission told a news conference.

Malawi also held parliamentary elections on Tuesday.