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Former Malawi leader Muluzi urges candidates to accept election outcome

Bakili Muluzi
Former President Bakili Muluzi

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—Malawi’s first president in the multiparty democracy, Bakili Muluzi, has pleaded with presidential candidates and their supporters to peacefully accept outcome of the fresh presidential election held on Tuesday.

Speaking to Zodiak radio monitored by MaraviPost, Muluzi said “we are all Malawians first before we belong to different political parties, and therefore acceptance of results officially announced by Malawi Electoral Commission is a step towards fostering peace and tranquility.”

Muluzi sentiments comes at a time Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) is being congratulated for securing the country’s plot number 1 with a thunderous victory, beating incumbent President Peter Mutharika who formed an alliance with the former leader’s son Atupele Muluzi.

Contrary to the senior Muluzi, Atupele has already expressed interest to reserve a right to contest the election outcome.

Atupele on Thursday afternoon south to explain that he might not accept a loss in fresh presidential vote as legitimate, saying the election is fair.

“If Dr. Chakwera had won, the election fair and square I would have congratulated him but unfortunately that is not the case. The election results that are circulating are illegitimate and I will not accept the outcome,” Atupele wrote on his facebook page.

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