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Malawi vice president sues president over electoral body

Malawian Vice President Saulos Chilima has filed a lawsuit against President Peter Mutharika after he refused to fire the electoral commissioners who oversaw last year s failed election, his lawyer said Thursday. A battle has been raging for months between the opposition and head of state over the May 21 vote, which was tainted by irregularities. Mutharika has refused to promulgate laws to hold the new ballot and to fire members of the Malawi Election Commission (MEC), which was requested by the constitutional court in its historic judgment. Parliament s public appointment committee also found that the commissioners were incompetent to manage fresh elections. Following the judgment by the constitutional court, the MEC commissioners continued presence in the office is both unconstitutional and illegal, Chilima s attorney, Chikosa Silungwe, told AFP. Chilima has also sued the commissioners for their refusal to resign and is seeking a stay order to stop them from working. Silungwe ...


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