Mutharika leads in Malawi presidential election


Malawi President Peter Mutharika has so far taken 40.44% of votes cast in the May 21 presidential election with 75% of the vote counted, the Electoral Commission said.

Lazarus Chakwera, who heads the opposition Malawi Congress Party, has 35.34%, while Deputy President Saulos Chilima secured 18.35%, the commission told a news conference.

Malawi held parliamentary elections on Tuesday.