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Yearbook 2019

Malawi. In March, President Joyce Banda, who returned to her home country in 2018 after living for some years in exile, announced that she would not run in the upcoming presidential election. Instead, she gave her support to Lazarus Chakwera. He was running for the Malawi Congress Party (MCP), which before the elections formed an alliance with the People's Party (PP), led by Banda. Another who challenged incumbent President Peter Mutharika was Vice President Saulos Chilima, who in 2018 left the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to instead found a new party, the United Movement for Change (UTM).

2019 Malawi

According to CountryAAH, the election was held in May and resulted in victory for Mutharika, who got 39% of the vote against 35% for Chakwera. The vote was temporarily suspended as the opposition filed close to 150 complaints. In the end, however, it was clear that Mutharika was re-elected for a second term. In the parliamentary elections, the DPP again received the most seats, 62 of 193, followed by the MCP (55 seats) and the United Democratic Front (UDF; 10 seats). More than a quarter of the members (55) were party-politically unbound. Of the elected members, 23% (44) were women.

In March, President Mutharika appointed a commission to investigate the widespread violence against people with albinism. The number of attacks has increased in recent years. Body parts from people with albinism are used by traditional healers and witch doctors. It occurs both that people are kidnapped and mutilated and that they are murdered because someone is looking for body parts from people without pigment.

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