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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