Blantyre — Lazarus Chakwera, a preacher who heads Malawi’s main opposition party, is seen as the front-runner heading into a court-ordered election rerun on June 23 after forming an alliance with popular vice-president Saulos Chilima.

The Malawi supreme court of appeal, the top judicial authority, last month upheld the constitutional court’s annulment of a shambolic May 2019 vote that handed President Peter Mutharika a second five-year term. It also ordered that the successful candidate must win an outright majority rather than the most votes as in the past — a change that should work in a united opposition’s favour...

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