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31.05.2014 Malawi

Malawi's Banda concedes defeat in presidential election

By AFP
Malawi President Joyce Banda speaks during a press conference at the Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe, on May 24, 2014.  By  (AFP/File)
MAY 31, 2014 MALAWI
Malawi President Joyce Banda speaks during a press conference at the Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe, on May 24, 2014. By (AFP/File)

Blantyre (Malawi) (AFP) - Malawian President Joyce Banda congratulated her arch-rival Peter Mutharika on Saturday after conceding defeat in the country's presidential election, following her challenge to the result.

Banda congratulated Mutharika for his "victory in a closely contested election" and said she was "leaving office a happy person," according to a statement.

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