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Malawi election: Voters weigh up choice in close race

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Malawians are going to the polls to elect a new president in what has been described as one of the country’s most unpredictable elections.
There are seven candidates, but three are seen as having a realistic chance.
President Peter Mutharika is running for a second term, but he is being challenged by his own vice-president, Saulos Chilima, and Lazarus Chakwera.
The southern African country returned to multi-party elections in 1994 after 30 years of authoritarian rule.
The winning candidate just needs to get the largest share of the votes cast rather than more than 50%. Mutharika won the last election in 2014 with 36.4%.
President Peter Mutharika (right) is facing a stiff challenge from Lazarus Chakwera (left) and Saulos Chilima (centre)
The nearly seven million registered voters are also electing a new parliament and local councillors.

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