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Malawi named country of the year by Economist Magazine
Malawi has been named country of the year for “reviving democracy in an authoritarian region” by the Economist Magazine.
In selecting Malawi, the London-based influential publication, which circulates in over 80 countries noted that Malawi’s decision to nullify 2019 the presidential election and the ensuing peaceful shift of power were perfect examples of how governments should handle democracy.
“The vote-count was rigged with correction fluid on the tally sheets. Foreign observers cynically approved it anyway. Malawians launched mass protests against the ‘Tipp-Ex election’. Malawian judges turned down suitcases of bribes and annulled it,” the Economist said in a statement.
A new election took place in June 2020. Incumbent Peter Mutharika lost and was replaced by Lazarus Chakwera.
The publication says Malawi beat out such countries as New Zealand and Bolivia.
Recently, the London-based think-tank Chatham House also named Malawi’s Constitutional Court judges as winners of a prestigious international award for overturning presidential elections for rigging.
The Chatham House Prize is annually awarded for “the most significant contribution to the improvement of international relations.”