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Andry Rajoelina has won Madagascar presidential elections: INEC

ANTANANARIVO Madagascar (Xinhua) -- Madagascar Independent National Election Commission (INEC) declared during a press conference Thursday the victory of Andry Rajoelina in the second round of presidential election.

The president of the INEC Hery Rakotomanana declared the official announcement of provisional results, saying that Andry Rajoelina got about 55.7 per cent of the votes.

He added that the other candidate Marc Ravalomanana received some 44.3 per cent of the votes.

According to Rakotomanana, there are more than 9,900,000 registered voters and the participation rate in the second round of election stood at about 48 per cent.


Andry Rajoelina leads in Madagascar’s presidential run-off

ANTANANARIVO Madagascar (Xinhua) -- Andry Rajoelina led in Madagascar Dec. 19 presidential run-off, according to provisional results published by the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) on Monday.

Rajoelina won 54.91 percent, while Marc Ravalomanana had 45.09 per cent, the INEC said, citing data from 93.13 per cent of the polling stations already tallied.

The INEC will have until Dec. 31 to release the complete results of the elections, and the High Constitutional Court has eight days after receiving the officials results to announce the winner.

In his statement Sunday evening, Ravalomanana complained of "massive fraud" during the elections and rejected the results.


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UNITED NATIONS New York -- Andry Rajoelina, President of Madagascar during the transition in New York City at the UN headquarters. PHOTO - WIKIPEDIA
He demanded that the HCC recount the votes. Rajoelina and Ravalomanana were the main rivals of a five-year-long political crisis in Madagascar that started in 2009.

Both were banned from running in the 2013 presidential elections.

The two received the most votes among 36 candidates in the first round of this year’s presidential elections on Nov. 7.

African Union commend calmness of Madagascar’s run-off presidential election

ANTANANARIVO Madagascar (Xinhua) -- The African Union saluted the calmness during Madagascar’s run-off presidential election held on Wednesday, head of the African Union Election Observation Mission said Friday during a press conference held in Antananarivo.

"The African Union congratulates Madagascar’s government and the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) for additional efforts to improve the electoral process," Ramtane Lamamra said.

During the press conference, Ramtane Lamamra also congratulated candidates for this run-off presidential election and politicians who, despite obvious divergence of views on certain aspects of the process, have been able to show restraint.

The AU head of mission encouraged the candidates to choose dialogue and recourse to legal channels for the settlement of all disputes.

On behalf of the AU Election Observation Mission, Ramtane Lamamra also welcomed the strong involvement of women in the electoral process, saying that about 47.8 per cent of polling station members, 57.2 per cent of candidate representatives and 61 per cent of national observers were women.

The African Union sent 35 observers from various member countries. They arrived in Madagascar on December 12 for a stay of 11 days.


Andry Nirina Rajoelina is a businessman and politician

Andry Nirina Rajoelina (born 30 May 1974) is a Malagasy businessman and politician.

He started his career in the private sector, first organizing events on the Island (Live concerts), and then investing the advertising business (Injet, billboards and print) and the media (Viva, TV and radio).

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ANTANANARIVO Madagascar (Xinhua) -- Marc Ravalomanana, Madagascar’s presidential candidate number 25 casts his vote during the second round of presidential elections in Antananarivo, capital of Madagascar, December 19, 2018. XINHUA PHOTO - SITRAKA RAJAONARISON

He was the Mayor of Antananarivo from December 2007 to February 2009, and President of the High Transitional Authority of Madagascar from 21 March 2009 to 25 January 2014, up until the general elections were held in 2013.

After stepping down as President of the HAT, he remained head of the majority party, the MAPAR.

In early August 2018, Andry Rajoelina was the first to register his candidacy for the 2018 presidential elections.

He had previously introduced the Initiative for the Emergence of Madagascar (IEM) that define the lines of his campaign program.

One campaign promise is to close the Senate to save money and build universities instead.

He also aims to increase access to electricity, to work towards agricultural self-sufficiency, and to increase security.

The campaign started in October 2018, with Andry Rajoelina facing his historical opponents Ravalomanana and Rajaonarimampianina, the favorites in a campaign of 46 candidates.

In the first round of the elections on 7 November, he took the lead with 39.19 per cent (1,949,851) of the votes (Ravalomana 35.29 per cent or 1,755,855 votes).

A televised debate between the two final candidates was aired live on 10 December.



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