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Malawi president challenged in elections

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Malawi’s president, Joyce Banda, faced stiff challenges from a field of 12 candidates in elections Tuesday in a poor, politically fractious country that is heavily dependent on foreign donors and has struggled with corruption scandals. There were scattered reports of unrest. Most polling stations in the African nation’s fifth elections since the introduction of multiparty democracy in 1994 closed at 6 p.m. (1600GMT), but some stayed open longer to accommodate voters following delays of several hours because of rain and late…