Madagascar: It’s Rajoelina vs Ravalomanana in the second round of elections

  • November 22, 2018

Madagascar will hold a second round of elections on December 19, 2018, wherein former Presidents Andry Rajoelina and Marc Ravalomanana will compete for the coveted post of the President.

Neither of the candidates obtained the 50% votes needed to win in the recently held Presidential Elections 2018.

Rajoelina won 39.19 percent and Ravalomanana 35.29 percent respectively, according to the final results from the country’s CENI election commission released recently.

Hery Rajaonarimampianina, who was running to hold onto power, secured only 8.84 percent of the vote, the commission said, before adding that the turnout at last week’s election was 54.3 percent.

10 million registered electors voted for 36 presidential hopefuls including four former Presidents, three former prime ministers, and a popular rock singer at the recently held Presidential Polls.

This is the tenth Presidential elections in Madagascar since 1965 and the second since the 2009 coup.

The world’s fourth largest island has been reeling under political instability since April while still struggling to recover from negative consequences of a disputed 2001 election and 2009 coup, led by Rajoelina.

The poverty rate in the country is at 76.2% and a vast majority is devoid of basic amenities of life like access to water and electricity and job opportunities.

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