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).
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.