Lazarus Chakwera has been sworn in as president of Malawi after winning an election rerun.

He defeated incumbent Peter Mutharika with 58.57% of the vote in Tuesday’s poll.

In February, Malawi’s constitutional court annulled Mr. Mutharika’s victory in the May 2019 election, citing vote tampering.

Saulos Chilima, Mr. Chakwera’s running mate, was also sworn in as vice-president at a ceremony in the capital, Lilongwe.

Mr. Chakwera, a Pentecostal preacher and former theology lecturer, will first have to heal a nation that has been through many months of political turmoil.

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