Malawi president warns oppositions over post-poll protests

Malawi president warns oppositions over post-poll protests

Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika has warned opposition leaders against inciting their supporters following two days of protests in the capital, Lilongwe.

In a televised speech, and in comments directly aimed at opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera, Mr Mutharika warned that he would not allow violent protests to continue. 

He said police and military had been deployed to keep order and peace. 

On Thursday, police in Lilongwe used tear gas to disperse supporters of Mr Chakwera, who lost narrowly in last months elections. The outgoing US ambassador to Malawi was caught up in the fracas but escaped unharmed.

Opposition supporters have taken to the streets in the capital and several other towns calling for the elections results to be nullified. 

They say massive irregularities were witnessed during the vote. 

Two of President Mutharika’s challengers have filed cases in court seeking to nullify the results.

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