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Malawi President Says She’ll Accept Ruling on Disputed Election

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Incumbent Malawian President Joyce Banda votes in her home district of Malemia on May 20, 2014.

Incumbent Malawian President Joyce Banda votes in her home district of Malemia on May 20, 2014.

Malawi's president, Joyce Banda, said she will step down without a fight if the country's high court rules against her in last week's disputed election.

The High Court is set to rule Friday whether the election results should be made public or a recount should be held.

With partial votes counted, Banda trailed her opponent, Peter Mutharika.

Banda said the election was rife with fraud, including ballot rigging and people voting more than once.

She told Reuters that she will accept the high court's decision, saying she has tried to defend Malawians’ rights by ensuring their leader is elected in a fair and credible manner.

Banda had ordered a new election within 90 days and said she would not be a candidate. But the court overruled her when the main opposition party complained.
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