Malawi’s new president receives the sword of command | AFP

Malawi’s new president Lazarus Chakwera receives the sword of command at a coronavirus-induced inaugural ceremony. Initially scheduled to be held in a stadium in Lilongwe to coincide with the 56th anniversary of the country’s independence, the inauguration ceremony has been simplified due to the progress of the COVID-19 pandemic. IMAGES of the ceremony

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Malawi’s new president Lazarus Chakwera is sworn in | AFP

Lazarus Chakwera is sworn in as the President of Malawi. Chakwera, 65, has for the past seven years led Malawi’s oldest party, the Malawi Congress Party (MCP), which ruled the country from 1964 to 1994 under dictator Hastings Banda’s one-party rule.

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Malawi’s new president Chakwera is sworn in | AFP

Lazarus Chakwera is sworn in as the President of Malawi. Chakwera, 65, has for the past seven years led Malawi’s oldest party, the Malawi Congress Party (MCP), which ruled the country from 1964 to 1994 under dictator Hastings Banda’s one-party rule. SOUNDBITE

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Malawi opposition leader wins presidential vote re-run: electoral commission | AFP

Malawi’s electoral commission announces that opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera has won this week’s presidential election re-run with 58.57 percent of the vote, at a press conference in Blantyre. SOUNDBITE

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Malawi’s President Mutharika votes in election re-run | AFP

Malawian President Peter Mutharika votes in fresh elections after the Constitutional Court annulled the results of polls last year over irregularities. IMAGES

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Malawi: Election officials prep ahead of polls, early voters arrive | AFP

Images of election officials in Malawi preparing ahead of the polls and early voters arriving and trying to keep warm near the polling station early in the morning. This is the second time in just over a year Malawians will be voting for a new president after Peter Mutharika’s re-election was annulled over rigging. IMAGES

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Malawi president registers for election re-run | AFP

Thousands of supporters throng the streets of Malawi’s main commercial city Blantyre as President Peter Mutharika registers his candidacy for a re-run of presidential elections. The Constitutional Court earlier annulled last year’s vote results — which gave Mutharika a narrow victory — over widespread irregularities and fraud. IMAGES

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Malawi opposition party leader presents candidature for election rerun | AFP

Lazarus Chakwera, leader of the main opposition Malawi Congress Party, presents his candidature at the electoral commission for elections scheduled for July 2nd. The results of the country’s last election were annulled by the Constitutional Court in February 2020, citing widespread irregularities including the “massive” use of correction fluid on tally sheets. IMAGES

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Africa Weekly: new coronavirus cases reach Eastern Africa | AFP

This week in Africa Kenya and Ethiopia record their first coronavirus cases, the Democratic Republic of Congo records first COVID-19 positive diagnosis as Ebola outbreak nears end and South Africa repatriates over 120 nationals from virus-hit China.
And in other news: African leaders agree to Libya peace talks in July, Ethiopian Airlines marks one year since Flight 302 crash, Malawi security forces fire teargas at protesters as activist detained, Hunger, economic slump as Zambia battles drought, Business booms for Seychelles’ suggestive love coconuts and French-Rwandan artist Gaël Faye debuts film based on bestseller.

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Malawi’s Rastafarians win landmark dreadlock ruling | AFP

Dreadlocks dominate headlines in Malawi after a landmark court ruling forces schools to accept children with Rastafarian hairstyles. Despite the absence of legislation on hair length or hairstyles, children in Malawi have long been banned from sporting dreadlocks in state-run schools. A Rastafarian father says the verdict is “just the beginning”.

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Africa Weekly 7/2/2020: political turmoil in Malawi and Seychelles’ tourism problem | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly, we head to the perilous border zone between Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, where the French army is fighting alongside the G5 Sahel forces in an attempt to eliminate the threat posed by jihadists. From there, we take a contrasting look at the beaches of the Seychelles islands, a byword for luxury holidays. But there’s trouble in paradise, as the ever increasing tourist numbers start to pose a threat to the islands’ fragile ecosystem. We also take a look at the main headlines from across the continent this week.

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Malawi: opposition supporters celebrate after election results annulled | AFP

Supporters of the main opposition Malawi Congress Party take to the streets to celebrate a court verdict nullifying the May 2019 presidential election. They are marching to their national headquarters where party president Lazarus Chakwera is expected to address them. IMAGES

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Malawi braces for ruling on alleged election fraud | AFP

Malawi’s constitutional court is to rule on whether to annul a controversial vote result that got President Peter Mutharika re-elected, with the verdict likely to stoke turmoil no matter which way it goes. The case has gripped the southern African nation and kept Malawians glued to radio stations for hours on end listening to live broadcasts of witnesses presenting evidence of alleged vote rigging. IMAGES of political figures and lawyers arriving for court

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Malawi anti-bribery protest draws thousands | AFP

Tens of thousands of Malawians took part in protests on Thursday at alleged attempts to bribe judges overseeing a legal challenge to the re-election of President Peter Mutharika last year.

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First malaria vaccine given to babies in Africa

Babies in three African nations are getting the first and only vaccine for malaria in a pilot program. World health officials want to see how well the vaccine works in Malawi, Ghana and Kenya before recommending its wider use. (Jan. 19)

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Malawi tobacco pressured as US butts in over labour abuses | AFP

Malawi’s minister of agriculture Kondwani Nankhumwa says all efforts are being taken to ensure the nation eradicates all forms of child labour, admitting the issue exists in some areas where tobacco is grown. Malawi is being forced to confront child and forced labour practices after the US restricted tobacco imports from the impoverished southeastern African nation over allegations workers including children were being exploited. The trouble began in late October. British law firm Leigh Day announced it was preparing a landmark class action case against British American Tobacco (BAT) on behalf of 2,000 Malawian farmers, including hundreds of children, for forced labour and poverty wages. The US suspended imports of tobacco from Malawi, saying it had information that reasonably indicated it was being produced using forced labour and forced child labour.

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Prince Harry lays wreath for soldier killed in Malawi elephant attack | AFP

Prince Harry lays a wreath at Liwonde National Park in Malawi in honour of British soldier Mathew Talbot. The guardsman was killed by an elephant in May while training Malawian rangers in anti-poaching techniques. Prince Harry is in the middle of a tour of southern African nations. IMAGES

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Reactions in Zomba after Malawi top court outlaws single-use plastic | AFP

Residents of Zomba in Malawi react after Wednesday’s ruling in favour of a ban on plastic, upholding a 2015 government bar on producing, distributing and importing thin single-use plastics typically used in packaging and wrapping.

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Malawi: albino busker becomes internationally acclaimed musician | AFP

From a street busker in Malawi, albino singer Lazarus Chigwandali– born to a poor family in rural Malawi– becomes an internationally acclaimed musician.

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Political protests in Malawi turn violent | AFP

Thousands of opposition supporters participate in demonstrations in Lilongwe, demanding the immediate resignation of Malawi Electoral Commission chairperson Jane Ansah. Some police officers were severely injured after being beaten up minutes after an armoured vehicle threatened the protesters at Capital Hill. IMAGES

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Malawi opposition party march on court, seeking election annulment | AFP

Members of the main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP), led by their president Lazarus Chakwera, march to the constitutional court in Lilongwe, as their lawyers continue to fight for the country’s May 21 presidential election results to be nullified because of “many irregularities.” IMAGES

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Inauguration of Malawi president Peter Mutharika | AFP

After being sworn-in on Tuesday, Malawi President Peter Mutharika is inaugurated at a sports stadium in the commercial capital Blantyre. IMAGES

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