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Commonwealth Secretary-General congratulates Malawians and newly elected President, urges unity

30 June 2020

The Secretary-General congratulates the people of Malawi for their resolute commitment to democracy demonstrated in the conduct of the 23 June 2020 election. 

“Malawians have demonstrated to the world a resolve to chart their own democratic path in the constitutional way,” she observed. “I congratulate the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), political parties, security forces, religious leaders, civil society groups, the media, and all national stakeholders for playing their respective roles in advancing their country’s democracy.”

The Secretary-General congratulates President Lazarus Chakwera and Vice-President Saulos Klaus Chilima on being sworn in at the ceremony on Sunday 28 June 2020, and offers them her very best wishes as they take up the responsibilities of high office and leading their nation.

She has commended former President, Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, for his leadership over the past five years, and looks forward to his continued collaboration with the Commonwealth on the promotion of our fundamental political values.

The Secretary-General further congratulates the people of Malawi on their commitment to the rule of law. As always, she encourages any grievances to be pursued through the prescribed legal channels.

“This is the time for nation-building, and I encourage every citizen to channel the same determination shown at the ballot box towards the achievement of this collective goal. The Commonwealth stands in readiness to support the people of Malawi in this endeavour.”

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