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US: Malawi must peacefully resolve electoral dispute

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The United States Embassy in Malawi released a statement this week urging authorities to stop abusing citizens’ rights and allow them to protest peacefully.

The United States also advised Malawian politicians to resolve their election disputes peacefully.

“The United States urges all parties to respect the right to peaceful protest enshrined in the Malawi Constitution while avoiding violence and inflammatory rhetoric.”

“We encourage Malawians to follow a peaceful and lawful process to resolve electoral disputes, particularly through the Malawi Constitutional Court hearing on petitions challenging the results of the May 21 presidential elections,” read the statement.

Since the May 21 presidential elections the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and the United Transformation Movement (UTM) were calling for the resignation of Malawi Electoral Commission chairperson Jane Ansah accusing her of mismanaging the elections that were won by President Peter Mutharika.

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