Former Prime Minister and opposition leader Raila Odinga on Sunday sent his congratulatory message to the people of Malawi, after the announcement of Lazarus Chakwera as the new president.
According to the Malawian Electoral Commission, the outgoing Peter Mutharika lost the fresh poll to Lazarus Chakwera, elected president of Malawi with 58.7% of the vote (2.6million) against Mutharika’s 1.7million.
Dr. Chakwera, aged 65, also became the first African opposition candidate to beat an incumbent after the court overturned a presidential election.
Sending out his message, Raila Odinga, who has been involved in disputed elections before, congratulated the people of Malawi for a “successful and peaceful” election, and the newly elected Chakwera for his victory.
“I congratulate the people of Malawi on the successful and peaceful presidential election and incoming President Lazarus Chakwera on his impressive victory. I commend the outgoing President Peter Mutharika for creating the environment for a peaceful and orderly transfer of power,” he said.
According to the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader, the election, which was closely followed across the globe, is a symbol of hope for supporters of democracy in Africa.
“The election was followed keenly beyond Malawi and is a symbol of hope for those who support democracy in Africa and around the world,” he said.