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Malawi cancels independence celebrations over virus spike

Malawi’s president Lazarus Chakwera on Sunday called off planned independence celebrations and drastically scaled back on his inauguration ceremony following a spike in coronavirus infections in the southern African country. The cancellation of the Malawi’s independence celebration will put a dampener on the euphoria generated by the historic opposition triumph in a recent landmark election
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Could Malawi’s historic re-run election inspire Africa?

The opposition triumph in Malawi’s recent landmark election re-run after last year’s fraudulent polls were overturned could spur similar democratic change across the continent, analysts and historians say. Lazarus Chakwera of the Malawi Congress Party comfortably won the June 23 election with 58.5% of the vote — beating Peter Mutharika, whose re-election last year was nullified
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Five things to know about Malawi

Malawi, which holds presidential polls on June 23 after its 2019 vote was cancelled, is a small, poor southern African country where people are largely dependent on agriculture and its enormous lake for their livelihoods. – One-fifth water – The country is landlocked but around a fifth of its surface area is covered by water,
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Malawi announces 21-day COVID-19 lockdown

Malawi’s President, Peter Mutharika, on Tuesday announced that the country will implement a 21-day lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus that has claimed two lives. In a televised national address, Mutharika said the lockdown will be effective from midnight on Saturday and will end on May 9. “This lockdown may be extended beyond
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