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After dispute, Malawi election commission says opposition leader won presidential vote

Malawi's election commission has declared opposition leader Peter Mutharika to be the winner of a disputed election despite complaints from the president that the vote was rigged.

The election commission said late Friday night that Mutharika, leader of the Democratic Progressive Party, had won the May 20 election with 36.4 percent of the vote. Another opposition leader, Lazarus Chakwera, had 27.8 percent.

President Joyce Banda was a distant third, according to the results. Banda had sought to annul the vote because of what she said were irregularities, but a court said her move was invalid.

Banda came to power in 2012 following the death of Mutharika's brother, Bingu wa Mutharika.