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Malawi extremely happy after USA endorses May 21 vote as ‘successful’

Written by  MBC Online

Information, Civic Education and Communications Technology Minister Mark Botomani says Malawi is extremely happy with the official endorsement by the US Government of the "successful" election won by President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika.

USA Secretary of State Mike Pompeo endorsed Malawi's May 21 vote as successful. USA Secretary of State Mike Pompeo endorsed Malawi's May 21 vote as successful.
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“We are extremely happy because this is a stamp of endorsement of the success of the elections,” Botomani told MBC.

 

He said President Mutharika was duly declared winner and sworn in. “The country needs to move on. He is our President for the next five years.”

 

On Independence Day July 6, the Secretary of State of the United States of America, Michael Pompeo, sent a congratulatory message to Malawi on the 55th anniversary of
independence.

 

He said “Malawi’s recent successful national elections underscore the nation’s commitment to our shared democratic principles.”

 

Pompeo said: “These values form the basis of our strong partnership and we look forward to continuing, and building upon, the positive relationship between Malawi and
the United States.”

 

He added: “On this wonderful occasion, I send my warmest wishes to all Malawians as you celebrate your national day.”

 

Mutharika, in his keynote speech on July 6 at the Kamuzu Stadium, urged peace, love and unity among Malawians, saying “we may have differences but we are not
enemies.”

 

“There is no Malawian who must regard a fellow Malawian as an enemy.”

 

The opposition MCP and UTM have petitioned the constitutional court seeking a re-run, disputing that the election was rigged by MEC in favour of Mutharika.

 

Both MEC and Mutharika deny this. The President says the opposition "lost big time."

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