Former Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina has crushed his rival and predecessor Marc Ravalomanana within the presidential election beset by allegations of fraud from each side.
Saying the complete provisional outcomes on Thursday, the African nation’s electoral fee mentioned Rajoelina obtained over 55 p.c of the votes in opposition to Ravalomanana’s 44.34 p.c.
The Indian Ocean island nation’s constitutional courtroom has 9 days to declare the ultimate election outcomes, which could also be contested by Ravalomanana.
Simply over 48 p.c of the nation’s 10 million registered voters solid their ballots within the December 19 runoff between the candidates, each former heads of state and bitter rivals.
Ravalomanana has denounced what he referred to as “huge fraud” within the runoff and urged his supporters earlier this week to “defend” their votes.
Solely Rajoelina attended Thursday’s announcement, with the president of the electoral fee, Hery Rakotomanana, noting Ravalomanana’s absence with remorse.
The 2 former presidents confronted off for the primary time since political turmoil in 2009 pressured Ravalomanana from energy.
Each had mentioned they’d settle for the runoff election’s outcomes, although Ravalomanana specified that the voting ought to happen “in good situations”.
Rajoelina, 44, who was president from 2009 to 2014 throughout a transitional authorities, had campaigned on his youth whereas 69-year-old Ravalomanana, who led from 2002 to 2009, pointed to his expertise.
Ravalomanana needed to stop the presidency in 2009 after a collection of military-backed challenges supported by Rajoelina, who was mayor of the capital, Antananarivo, on the time.
Campaigning was largely peaceable on this former French colony, which the World Financial institution ranks as one of many world’s poorest nations, although wealthy in ecological range.
Greater than two-thirds of the island’s 25 million folks reside in excessive poverty, whereas corruption is alleged to be widespread.