Peter Mutharika wins presidential election in Malawi

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The Presidential election in Malawi, an impoverished southern African country, has dethroned the incumbent ruler Joyce Banda the first female president of the region. 
Peter Mutharika, the leader of opposition party DPP (Democratic Progressive Party), is now going to be the new President of this tiny, poor and landlocked republic.


  • He emerged triumphant with 36.4 percent vote relegating the incumbent president Joyce Banda to 3rd spot with just 20 percent.
  • Lazarus Chakwera who obtained 27.8 percent of the vote, finished second.


  • Mutharika is brother of the late president Bingu wa Mutharika.
  • The country was formerly known as Nyasaland.
  • Area: 1,18000 square km (Slightly smaller than Tamil Nadu)
  • Population (2013 estimate): 1.67 crore (Close to Delhi)
  • Capital and largest city: Lilongwe 
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