In Madagascar, the official results of the second round of the presidential confirm the victory of Andry Rajoelina with more than 55% of the vote against about 44% for his rival Marc Ravalomanana, who immediately contested the defeat.
The two men, two former presidents, fought a fierce battle throughout the campaign, each side accusing each other of fraud.
Andry Rajoelina congratulated himself on the good conduct of the vote and welcomed the political alternation in Madagascar:
“The important thing is that there were no disturbances in these elections, as we have seen elsewhere in Africa, where polling stations were burned and looted.” The situation here was calm Madagascar must serve as an example: A country does not always have to be governed by the same leaders, democracy reigns in this country. ”
The High Constitutional Court has nine days to validate or not the results, following the actions filed by Marc Ravalomanana, who had been overthrown in 2009 after seven years in power. Observers from the European Union said they did not find any major irregularities in the ballot.
The highly media duel between the two rivals seemed to overshadow the country’s bottom-line problems, one of the poorest in Africa, plagued by chronic political instability since its independence from France in 1960.