Andry Rajoelina Re-Elected as President of Madagascar

Madagascar's election commission has announced the re-election of President Andry Rajoelina following the first round of a ballot boycotted by nearly all opposition candidates, Deutsche Welle reports. Rajoelina, 49, became Africa's youngest head of state in 2009 when he took power on the back of a coup.

Previously, voting closed after the first round of Madagascar's presidential election on Thursday November 16, which took place despite a boycott by most opposition candidates. Reuters reported that the election unfolded peacefully with a low-key security presence across the capital Antananarivo but turn-out was low. Vote counting has begun.

Ten of the the 12 opposition candidates running against Andry Rajoelina had led near daily, unauthorised marches in the capital, Antananarivo, for more than a month to protest against the elections.


A vehicle with a poster promoting the campaign of Andry Rajoelina, on November 8, 2023, in Antalaha.

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