- The Former Malawi president Bakili Muluzi and main opposition leader John Tembo have announced an alliance following the disqualification of Mr Muluzi by the country's electoral authority.
Mr Muluzi's aspirations for a third term have also been frustrated by the spooked-up corruption charges, where he stand accused of siphoning millions of US dollars in donor money while in office.
Though current president Bingu wa Mutharika is still expected to win in next month's elections, political observers have said the new alliance could mount a better challenge against him.
Malawi will be polling on 19 May with seven candidates including one woman fighting for the presidential position.
Mr Muluzi, who ruled Malawi from 1994 to 2004, launched a come-back bid to the presidency, but was slapped with a cold shoulder return by the country's electoral commission, saying he could not seek a third term.
The Malawi constitutional court also threw out an application by Mr Muluzi challenging the electoral commission decision to bar him from contesting the presidential election, saying he did not follow the right procedures in his application against the commission.
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