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Madagascar’s Rajoelina declared winner of presidential vote

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The Electoral commission of Madagascar on Thursday declared Andry Rajoelina winner of the December 19 presidential run-off elections in Madagascar. According to the provisional results the former head of state scored 55.66 % of the vote.

His running mate who is also an ex leader of the Indian Ocean nation Marc Ravalomanana garnered a 44.34 %. The commission added that turnout was just over 48%. That notwithstanding, the Country’s High Constitutional Court has nine days from Thursday to decide whether to validate the provisional results. Worth noting is the fact that both candidates had promised to accept the runoff results, giving assurance to the population that they will not be any instance of political turmoil, a phenomenon that plagued the nation a decade ago.  Rajoelina’s rival Marc Ravalomanana on Sunday alleged fraud.  Rajoelina attended the commission’s results announcement on Thursday. Ravalomanana did not. The rerun elections followed a November 7 presidential poll that failed to produce an outright winner. It was a tough race between Rajoelina and Ravalomanana

Madagascar has a population of about 25 million people and is among Africa’s poorest. About 80% of the population lives on less than $2 per day.

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