Malawians vote in tough election for President Mutharika

BLANTYRE/LILONGWE, Malawi (Reuters) – Malawians headed to polling stations on Tuesday for presidential and legislative elections seen as a tough test for President Peter Mutharika, who is facing challenges from the deputy president and a former pastor who heads the opposition.

Malawi is heavily dependent on foreign aid and is frequently beset by droughts which threaten the lives of thousands of people.

Former law professor Mutharika, 78, oversaw infrastructure improvements and a sharp reduction in inflation in his first five-year term, but critics accuse him of corruption and cronyism.

Mutharika refutes those accusations.

Reuters reporters saw voters casting ballots in Blantyre and Lilongwe, two of the largest cities in the southern African country.

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