Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika has been narrowly elected to a second term in office with 38.5 percent of the vote.

President Mutharika had faced stiff competition in the 21 May election, including from his deputy.

The result was announced today after an injunction ordered by the country’s high court was lifted.

Challenger Lazarus Chakwera, who finished in second place, had sought to delay the announcement because of concerns over voting irregularities.

Malawi has been independent since 1964.

This was the sixth presidential election held since single-party rule ended in 1994.