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Madagascar: Ravalomanana asks supporters to defend votes


<p>Former President and candidate in the Presidential election in Madagascar, Marc Ravalomanana, has urged his supporters to defend their votes after Wednesday’s runoff whose results are expected around Christmas.</p> <p>On Sunday, his arch competitor and former head of state, Andry Rajoelina promised a clear victory in the election runoff. </p> <p>Rajoelina was leading with 55.08%, according to latest tallies published on Sunday night by the Electoral Commission after counting more than half of the ballots. </p> <p>Ravalomanana had 44.92% of the vote, according to figures from more than three quarters of polling stations. </p> <p>44-year-old Rajoelina won the first round with 39.23% , against 35.35% for 69-year-old Marc Ravalomanana, </p> <p>Both ex-presidents had been banned from running for president in 2013 as part of a post-crisis agreement approved by the international community.</p>
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