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Africa: Malawi’s New President and Vice President

Malawi’s New President and Vice President

Press Statement

Jen Psaki
Department Spokesperson

Washington, DC
May 31, 2014


The United States congratulates Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika and Mr. Saulos Chilima on being elected the new President and Vice President, respectively, of the Republic of Malawi. We further congratulate the people of Malawi for actively and peacefully exercising their democratic rights in selecting their new leader. The United States looks forward to continuing our close partnership with the Government of Malawi in the advance of our mutual interests of supporting Malawi’s development.


Ban urges continued calm, cooperation as Malawi enters post-electoral period

Registration takes place for the May 2014 Tripartite Elections in Malawi. Photo: UNDP Malawi

31 May 2014 – Now that the results of Malawi’s recent election have been made public, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged all parties to continue to call for calm among their supporters and to work together to consolidate democracy in the country.

“The Secretary-General has been following closely the electoral process in Malawi and has taken note of the developments in the past few weeks, including the announcement of results on 30 May by the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC),” said a statement issued last night by his spokesperson.

Peter Mutharika has reportedly been sworn in as Malawi’s president after the High Court rejected a request for a recount following allegations of vote-rigging in the 20 May polls. Outgoing President Joyce Banda had alleged ballot fraud but has now admitted defeat, media reports say.

Mr. Ban urged all parties to continue to call for calm among their supporters, exercise restraint and respect the Constitution “at this critical juncture.”

“The Secretary-General calls on all candidates, political parties and their supporters to pursue any complaints or disputes arising from the electoral process through the existing legal mechanisms,” said his spokesperson.

“He reiterates his call on political leaders to urge their supporters to work together to consolidate democracy and maintain stability in Malawi.”

SOURCE: Africa Renewal