The governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and United Democratic Front (UDF) have resolved to enter into an electoral alliance ahead of the forthcoming fresh presidential election w set for May 19 2020 which the winner is set to achieve a threshold of 50-plus-one majority of the voters, Nyasa Times understands.
The two parties formed a working committee to come with with a pact of the deal and resolved to proceed.
UDF party president Atupele Muluzi received a backing from his party National Executive Committee (NEC) to enter into an alliance and gave guidance him guidance on how to proceed with an electoral alliance that is in the best interest of Malawians.
“NEC agreed that the alliance should be designed in such a way that it brings about the much-needed stability and unity in the country which is in line with the Agenda for Change,” UDF said in a statement.
UDF secretary general Kandi Padambo claimed that his party had been approached by other political parties, including DPP, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM Party seeking possible alliances in form of a coalition.
DPP sources told Nyasa Times that all is set to announce the working relationship with UDF.
“The announcement is set to be made on Tuesday,” said the source.
The DPP official said working relationship with UDF started after the 2014 elections where the UDF leader was invited to join Cabinet with his party’s members of Parliament (MPs) moving to sit on the government benches.
But this will be the first presidential alliance after the parliamentary alliance was terminated.