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Dr Lazarus Chakwera, new Malawi president. Source: Twitter

South Africa’s President – and Chairperson of the Africa Union – Cyril Ramaphosa has congratulated Dr Lazarus Chakwera on his historic election as the President of the Republic of Malawi.

Dr Chakwera posted a short message on Twitter on Sunday evening, saying: “It’s an honour.”

President Ramaphosa has also congratulated all stakeholders for the success of this historic election which followed a Malawi Constitutional Court judgement on 03 January 2020 which called for new elections to be held. Malawians returned to the polls on 23 June 2020.

President Ramaphosa has commended and congratulated the people of Malawi for conducting peaceful elections which have served to deepen democracy in Malawi.

The AU Chairperson concluded his congratulatory message by re-committing the Union to continued closer working ties with the Government of Malawi to enhance cooperation and pay particular attention to strengthening economic development and integration.

Sources: The Presidency, and Twitter/Dr Chakwera