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Malawian vote counting to continue as court overrules president.

Blantyre, Rajab 25, 1435, May 24, 2014, SPA -- The Malawi High Court on Saturday rejected a decision by President Joyce Banda to nullify this week's general

elections and ordered the vote count to continue.

The electoral commission and the Malawi Law Society turned to the

court after Banda announced new elections would be conducted within

90 days because of widespread irregularities in Tuesday's poll, dpa reported.

The president, who was trailing behind two other candidates, also

said she would not contest the new elections.

The court decision means Tuesday's elections will be valid unless

Banda obtains a court injunction nullifying them.

Banda said earlier Saturday she was using presidential powers "in the

interest of the nation" to stop the vote count.

-- SPA

19:59 LOCAL TIME 16:59 GMT

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