Malawi's newly elected President Peter Mutharika married his long-term partner. File picture: Amos Gumulira

Blantyre - Former foreign minister Peter Mutharika was sworn in Saturday as the new president of Malawi after the election commission declared him the winner of the disputed polls.

Mutharika, the brother of president Bingu wa Mutharika who died in office in 2012, urged the 11 other former presidential candidates to “join me in rebuilding the country” after some of them had contested the results.

He took the oath of office with Vice President Saulos Chilima before a chief justice. - Sapa-AFP