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Madagascar elections goes to run-off vote

08 November 2013, 18:58

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 Friday.

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 attended.

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 violent incidents.



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