Opposition Leader Lazarus Chakwera Sworn in as Malawi President

MALAWI’S newly elected president Lazarus Chakwera has called for unity and vowed during his inauguration speech “to make Malawi a peaceful, prosperous nation.”

Chakwera vowed on Sunday to maintain unity in the southern African nation, a day after it was announced that he had won the country’s rerun elections.

The former evangelical preacher is Malawi’s sixth president after winning the historic vote held last week, the first time a court-overturned vote in Africa has resulted in the defeat of an incumbent leader.

Chakwera urged national reconciliation in his inaugural speech in the capital, Lilongwe, and spoke directly to supporters of defeated incumbent president Peter Mutharika.

“Perhaps the prospect of my presidency fills you with fear and grief. I want you to remember one thing, that this new Malawi is a home to you, too,” said Chakwera.

“So long as I am its president it will be a home in which you, too, will prosper.”

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