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Malawi’s Mutharika, sack army chief after refusing to ratify new election

Hours after refusing to ratify changes to electoral laws, Malawi's President Peter Mutharika has sacked the country’s military commander, General Vincent Nundwe.The president of Malawi had on Tuesday refused to ratify changes to the electoral laws which had been...

Court frees detained Malawi activists on bail

A Malawi court on Thursday granted bail to three anti-government activists arrested for planning protests against President Peter Mutharika's attempts to quash upcoming elections.The leaders of the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) are accused of contravening country's police act...

Malawi human rights defender to surrender to police

A human rights activist in Malawi and the chairman of Human Rights Defender's Coalition, Timothy Mtambo is expected to present himself to the police in Malawi capital, Lilongwe.Mr. Timothy Mtambo, who was being sought by police, will be escorted...

Guinea-Bissau president sworn in despite request for annulment

Former army general Umaro Cissoko Embalo was sworn in Thursday as president of Guinea-Bissau despite a pending Supreme Court decision on a request to annul the election results.Outgoing President Jose Mario Vaz, who lost in the first round in...

Togo opposition leader heads to court to challenge vote results

Togolese opposition leader Agbeyome Kodjo said on Wednesday he has filed a suit to overturn the result of presidential elections in which he placed a distant second to incumbent Faure Gnassingbe."I filed a petition to the Constitutional Court on...

Malawi parliament sets new date for fresh elections after annulment

Malawi parliament passed a law that sets 19 May 2020 as the date for fresh presidential elections, this follows the order of the court annulling the last election.May 2019 polls, which handed victory to the incumbent, President Peter Mutharika,...

Malawi MPs reject bill to amend presidential election law

Malawi lawmakers on Thursday rejected a bill that would have meant a president could only be re-elected after securing at least 50 percent of votes cast, dismissing a landmark order by the country's top court.In its historic ruling, earlier...

Malawi protesters padlock offices of election commission

Malawi protesters padlocked electoral commission offices on Thursday in a new bid to force the panel's chief to quit after a top court overturned last May's presidential elections.The Constitutional Court on February 3 annulled results that declared President Peter...

Malawi’s president loses bid to challenge election annulment

The Constitutional Court in Malawi has rejected an appeal, brought by President Peter Mutharika and Malawi’s electoral commission, to suspend the judgement it made last week annulling May's presidential election.The court also dismissed the electoral body's claim that another...

Malawi President appeals ruling overturning his election victory

Malawi’s president and electoral commission on Friday filed appeals against this week’s court ruling that nullified last year’s presidential election and ordered a new vote within 150 days because of widespread irregularities.President Peter Mutharika earlier this week indicated he...
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