‘Votes of the Madagascan people have been stolen’

  • November 16, 2018

‘All indications are that the votes of the Madagascan people have been stolen,’ former Madagascar President Hery Rajaonarimampianina said in a statement on Thursday after results of the Presidential Elections from nearly 300 of the country’s 24,852 polling stations came in. He received less than ten per cent of the votes as of the latest count.

“We will not let the people be robbed of their vote,” he added. Rajaonarimampianina held the President’s office from 2014 to September 2018.

Election frontrunners and fellow former presidents Andry Rajoelina and Marc Ravalomanana, meanwhile, had about 45 percent and 40 percent of support respectively.

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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