Malawi

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.

Court to rule on Madonna's bid to adopt again in Malawi

Court to rule on Madonna's bid to adopt again in Malawi Lilongwe  - A Malawian court is expected to rule today on a controversial bid by US popstar Madonna to adopt a second child from the impoverished southern African country.

Madonna's application to adopt four-year-old Chifundo (Mercy) James from the orphanage where she took custody of her son David Banda at 13 months in 2006 was heard in Malawi High Court in the capital Lilongwe on Monday.

Judge Esimy Chombo had reserved his ruling until Friday.

ROUNDUP: Malawi court defers ruling in second Madonna adoption bid

Malawi court defers ruling in second Madonna adoption bid Lilongwe, Malawi  - US pop star Madonna's attempt to adopt a second child in Malawi is to be decided on Friday, when a court rules on her quest to adopt a four-year-old sister for her adoptive son, David Banda, the judge said Monday.

The 50-year-old singer was in Malawi High Court in the capital Lilongwe on Monday for a hearing on her application for an interim, 18-month adoption order for Chifundo (Mercy) James.

Judge Esimy Chombo reserved ruling in the case.




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