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Malawi president Mutharika will appeal annulment of election

The court overturned the outcome of the May vote on February 3.

Malawian President Peter Mutharika will appeal the Constitutional Court’s annulment of last year’s presidential election.

The court overturned the outcome of the May vote on February 3 and ordered a new election be held within five months. The ruling marked only the second time an African nation has annulled a presidential ballot.

“We feel that the judgment was a serious miscarriage of justice and an attempt to circumvent the will of the people by removing a democratically elected government,” Mutharika’s spokesman, Mgeme Kalilani, said by phone Wednesday from the capital, Lilongwe.

Landlocked Malawi is among the world’s least developed countries with a low life expectancy and high infant mortality. The economy is mainly agrarian, with a largely rural population, and relies on aid from international donors, the World Bank and the IMF. It is Africa’s biggest supplier of burley tobacco, a low-quality variety of the leaf used to fill cigarettes rather than flavor them and the crop accounts for the bulk of its exports.

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