Blantyre — Malawian authorities were braced for violence on Tuesday as thousands of people gathered in the streets of the country’s main cities to demand the resignation of Jane Ansah, the head of the Malawi Electoral Commission, whom they accuse of overseeing a rigged vote in May.

The election returned President Peter Mutharika to power — a result that has sparked four previous demonstrations and is being challenged in court by the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and the United Transformation Movement (UTM). Previous protests have turned violent and the government has said the police lack the capacity to manage them...

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