Opposition leader Chakwera has been pronounced the winner with 2.6 million votes, while incumbent president Mutharika has taken 1.75 million and underdog candidate Kuwani over 32,400.
Malawi President Peter Mutharika said he ordered the treasury to cut his own salary and the wages of his ministers and deputy ministers by 10 percent for three months and direct the money towards the fight against the novel coronavirus.
Polls closed at 6:00 pm (1600 GMT) after a closely-fought election between the incumbent President Peter Mutharika and his two rivals in a race that focused on corruption allegations and economic development.
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