Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has praised Malawi for successfully holding its latest elections without foreign observers, and questioned whether external monitors were still necessary for polls in southern Africa. The AFP reports that foreign observers are commonly deployed in major elections in the region to help safeguard voting integrity. But Malawi held a vote re-run without them on June 23 after president Peter Mutharika’s re-election was dramatically annulled for irregularities by a top court. Foreign observers were unable to attend because of travel curbs imposed to break the spread of coronavirus.