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Madagascar: two ex-presidents up for run-off Dec. 19

Madagascar: two ex-presidents up for run-off Dec. 19

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<p>Madagascar will hold a second round of elections on December 19 between two ex-presidents as neither failed to win out-rightly.</p> <p>According to the Independent electoral commission, Andry Rajoelina and Marc Ravalomanana, came up tops in the first round of votes on November 7..</p> <p>Neither of the candidate obtained the 50% of votes needed to win. Rajoelina had 39.19% of the votes, ahead of Ravalomanana who got 35.29%, the EC said. November 7.</p> <p>Another former head of state, outgoing President Hery Rajaonarimampianina, placed third in the polls with only 8.84% of the vote.</p> <p>The commission said turnout was 54. 3%.</p> <p>The three main candidates out of a total of 36, have accused the electoral authorities of fraud and corruption. <span class="caps">AFP</span> said the official result will be the subject of bitter legal challenge, as appeals have already been lodged with the country’s High Constitutional Court. </p> <p>This climate of suspicion raises concern about the continuation of the process in a country which is familiar with political crises since its independence from France in 1960. </p> <p>In 2001, Marc Ravalomanana proclaimed his victory in the first round of the presidential election, causing a crisis for seven months leading to the death of one hundred people. He took the reins of power without organizing a second round.</p> <p>But in 2009, he was forced to resign under the pressure of the army, which had entrusted the leadership of the country to opponent , Andry Rajoelina. </p> <p>The two were then banned from participating in the 2013 presidential election, which was won by Hery Rajaonarimampianina. </p> <p><strong><span class="caps">AFP</span></strong></p>
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