Second round coming in Madagascan presidential poll


Former presidents Andry Rajoelina and Marc Ravalomanana won most votes in Madagascar’s presidential election according to provisional results issued on Saturday that pointed to a likely second round.

Rajoelina led with 39.19% of the vote followed by Ravalomanana with 35.29%. Incumbent President Hery Rajaonarimampianina, seeking a second term in office, was a distant third with about nine percent.

A total of 36 candidates ran for president. Turnout was 54.23%, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said.

Final results will be announced in nine days by the constitutional court and if no candidate has a majority the top two will compete in a second round on December 19.

Voters want a leader to tackle the impoverished Indian Ocean island’s many problems including unemployment and corruption.

Madagascar is hoping for a second peaceful election since upheaval in 2009 when Ravalomanana was forced out by protests led by Rajoelina in what international organisations said was a coup.