Malawi has been named country of the year for “reviving democracy in an authoritarian region by the Economist newspaper. The newspaper cites the nullification of the 2019 presidential election results that were marred by irregularities. “The vote-count was rigged with correction fluid on the tally sheets. Foreign observers cynically approved it anyway. The country held a presidential election re-run in June and President Peter Mutharika was beaten by President Lazarus Chakwera. The Economist says democracy and respect for human rights regressed in 80 countries between the start of the pandemic and September but only improved in Malawi. “Malawi is still poor, but its people are citizens, not subjects,” the newspaper adds.