Antananarivo - Madagascar's presidential race will go to
a run-off vote next month between two candidates linked to the island's main
political rivals, after an inconclusive first round, official results showed on
The top candidates in the 25 October vote, respectively
backed by ousted leader Marc Ravalomanana and current strongman Andry
Rajoelina, will square off on 20 December.
The electoral commission announced that Robinson Jean
Louis, the candidate for exiled Ravalomanana, won 21.1% of votes and Hery
Rajaonarimampianina, the favourite of Rajoelina, came second with 15.93%.
The two shook hands amid cheers as the final results were
announced in the capital Antananarivo, which international observers also
The elections in the Indian Ocean island aim to end a
four-year political deadlock after Rajoelina seized power in 2009.
Ravalomanana fled to exile in South Africa.
A total of 33 presidential candidates contested last
month's poll, with voter turnout standing at 61.85%.
International and African observers gave the nod to the
first round, noting fewer administrative problems than expected and isolated