Malawi’s ruling party seals alliance with opposition ahead of presidential election

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The ruling party in Malawi, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), and the opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) have announced that they have settled for a working alliance ahead of the fresh presidential election scheduled for May 19.

The agreement was signed on Tuesday by DPP leader Peter Mutharika, who is also the country’s president, and UDF chief Atupele Muluzi at a ceremony in Lilongwe.

Muluzi said he was grateful to be given an opportunity to work with President Peter Mutharika once again to serve Malawians.

Mutharika, for his part, said the two parties have similar values and that the alliance will serve the purpose of developing Malawi.

“I am particularly proud to welcome our UDF brothers and sisters back,” he said. “We belong to one family although we are taking different paths.”

Mutharika said the party will also seek other alliances amid consideration of a possible coalition.

Muluzi, who served as cabinet minister in the 2014-2019 Mutharika administration, also contested but lost in the May 2019 presidential poll.

The constitutional court on Feb. 3 nullified the May 2019 presidential poll and ruled that the country should adopt a 50+1 electoral system in the fresh election and elections to come.

Political experts say the only way parties can make it to the presidency is through an alliance. Enditem

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