22 December 2013

Madagascar: Both Presidential Candidates Claim Victory in Run-Off

Cape Town — AFP reports that Madagascar election results are slowly coming in, as both presidential candidates claim victory in run-off polls.

Former health minister Robinson Jean Louis, candidate of ousted president Marc Ravalomanana, said he expected to win 56 per cent of the vote, while his opponent Hery Rajaonarimampianina claimed to have taken between 60 and 65 per cent.

Jean Louis and Rajaonarimampianina are reportedly both accusing the other of rigging the run-off.

Meanwhile, the BBC reports that the European Union's chief election observer, Maria Muniz de Urquiza, described Friday's elections as "free, transparent and credible", though there were isolated incidents of violence.

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