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BBC: Malawi court overturns ban on Madonna getting Mercy

BBC: Malawi court overturns ban on Madonna getting MercyBlantyre, Malawi - Malawi's highest court on Friday overturned a ban on US popstar a adopting a second child from an orphanage in the impoverished southern African country, the BBC reported.

The Supreme Court of Appeal in the southern city of Blantyre overturned a ruling by the High Court in April barring the 50-year- old singer from adopting a little sister for her adoptive son, David Banda, also from Malawi.

Final results show huge win for president's party in Malawi vote

Final results show huge win for president's party in Malawi voteBlantyre, Malawi - Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika's party won last week's parliamentary elections by a landslide, a mere four years after its formation, the final results from the country's electoral commission showed Monday.

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won 114 seats out of 193 in the lower house of parliament, against 26 seats for its nearest rival, the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) of John Tembo.

Malawi's President Mutharika sworn in for second term

Malawi's President Mutharika sworn in for second termBlantyre, Malawi  - Bingu wa Mutharika was sworn in as Malawi's president for a second five-year term Friday in the presence of regional leaders after a landslide win in Tuesday's elections.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and Zambian President Rupiah Banda were among a handful of African leaders that attended the inauguration ceremony in Kamuzu Stadium in the southern commercial capital of Blantyre.

Mutharika's former-backer-turned-rival, ex-president Bakili Muluzi was also present.

Malawi's Mutharika to be sworn in Friday for second term

Malawi electionBlantyre, Malawi - Malawi's Bingu wa Mutharika was set to be sworn in as president for a second five-year term Friday in the presence of regional leaders, after a landslide win in Tuesday's elections.

Malawi's electoral commission declared Mutharika, 75, elected president early Friday after results from 93 per cent of voting stations were counted.

Muthairka won around 2.7 million votes against around 1.3 million votes for his nearest rival, opposition leader John Tembo

He has ruled the impoverished country of 13 million people since 2004.

Officials: Malawi's Mutharika re-elected president

Officials: Malawi's Mutharika re-elected presidentBlantyre, Malawi  - Bingu wa Mutharika has been re-elected Malawi's president for another five years, Malawi Electoral Commission Chairwoman Anastasia Msosa announced early Friday.

With votes counted from 93.25 per cent of voting stations, Muthairka easily won Tuesday's presidential election with 2,730,630 votes against 1,270,057 votes for his nearest rival, opposition leader John Tembo. (dpa)

Malawi election count continues despite opposition objections

Malawi electionBlantyre - The counting of votes in Malawi's national elections continued Thursday despite objections from opposition leader John Tembo, who is trailing behind President Bingu wa Mutharika and has threatened not to recognize the result.

Malawians voted on Tuesday for a president and 193-member parliament. Malawi Broadcasting Corporation reported Thursday that Mutharika's ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) had won 75 seats out of 153 counted. Those were unofficial results that had yet to be confirmed by the electoral commission.

Mutharika also has a comfortable lead in the presidential vote.

Voting kicks off in Malawi presidential and general elections

Malawians prepare to elect president in tight two-horse raceBlantyre, Malawi - Voters in the southern African country of Malawi queued from early morning to cast their vote in presidential and parliamentary elections in which the incumbent Bingu wa Mutharika is battling for a second term.

Polls opened across the impoverished agricultural country at 6 a. m. (0400 GMT), with state radio reporting long queues in the capital Lilongwe and the commercial capital Blantyre. Hundreds of people waited to vote in some places.

Malawians prepare to elect president in tight two-horse race

Malawians prepare to elect president in tight two-horse raceBlantyre - Malawi's presidential elections on Tuesday was whittled down to a two-horse race between incumbent President Bingu wa Mutharika and opposition leader John Tembo after a court barred two-term former leader Bakilizi Muluzi from seeking a third term.

Some 6.5 million Malawians, a little over half the population of the former British colony, are registered to vote in Tuesday's election for president and the country's 193-member parliament.




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