Malawi’s President, Peter Mutharika, has accused the country’s Supreme Court of having engineered what he describes as a “judicial coup d’état” on Friday. It was his first reaction to the court’s confirmation that his re-election as head of state last year wasn’t legitimate after all.
The leader of Malawi’s main opposition party, Lazarus Chakwera, officially presented his presidential candidacy nomination papers Wednesday for the presidential election scheduled for July 2, despite the coronavirus pandemic. Chakwera is the presidential flag-bearer of Malawi’s united opposition, under the banner of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP).
In a rare turn out of events in sub-Saharan Africa, and the world at large, the Malawi Constitutional Court on Monday nullified last year’s re-election of Malawi’s President, Peter Mutharika. The Court ordered the organization of new presidential elections in the country within five months.