Malawi’s opposition leader Dr Lazarus Chakwera has won the fresh presidential election, Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Justice Chifundo Kachale announces Saturday evening.
Kachale, a judge of the High Court, declared Chakwera duly elected and is now president-elect.
He defeated incumbent Peter Mutharika with 58.57% of the vote in Tuesday’s poll, the electoral commission announced late on Saturday.
Celebrations have broken out in the capital, Lilongwe.
Chakwera of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) won the elections on his second attempt to reach the presidency, after a campaign dominated by the country’s faltering economy.