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Malawi election: Voters weigh up choice in close race

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Supporters of the leading three parties, the Democratic Progressive Party (left), the UTM Party (centre) and the Malawi Congress Party (right) have been attending rallies ahead of the vote

Malawians are going to the polls to elect a new president in what has been described as one of the country's most unpredictable elections.
There are seven candidates, but three are seen as having a realistic chance.
President Peter Mutharika is running for a second term, but he is being challenged by his own vice-president, Saulos Chilima, and Lazarus Chakwera.
The southern African country returned to multi-party elections in 1994 after 30 years of authoritarian rule.

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The winning candidate just needs to get the largest share of the votes cast rather than more than 50%. Mr Mutharika won the last election in 2014 with 36.4%.

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Ahmed Abiy hosts glitzy fundraising dinner for the elite

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has hosted a fundraising dinner to help secure $1bn (£750m) for infrastructure projects in the capital.
The dinner, dubbed “the most expensive in the country”, saw 200 business people and representatives gather in the capital Addis Ababa.
Guests paid $173,00 (£136,000) to dine at the palace of the former emperor Menelik.
Since coming to power last year, Mr Abiy has pushed for wide-scale economic reform in Ethiopia.

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The glitzy event was held to help pay for the regeneration of an area in the capital, Addis Ababa.

Beautifying Sheger, as the project is called, involves cleaning the rivers and building recreational parks in the capital.

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