He is the winner of the Madagascar presidential election … The official results of the second round confirm it: Andry Rajoelina wins the vote with more than 55% of the vote, against about 44% for his rival Marc Ravalomanana, who immediately contested this defeat .
The two former presidents of Madagascar have fought a fierce battle for months to win the chair. Andry Rajoelina, who had ensured the transition period following the overthrow of his competitor in 2009, welcomes the good polling and democratic alternation in Madagascar.
“The important thing is that there were no disturbances in the elections, as we have seen elsewhere, in Africa, where polling stations were set on fire and looted,” he said. he declares. “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.”
EU observation mission calls for calm
The High Constitutional Court has nine days to validate or not the victory of Anry Rajoelina, following the appeals filed by Marc Ravalomanana, who calls his supporters to demonstrate on Saturday.
Observers from the European Union said they did not find any major irregularities in the ballot, in which half of the registered voters took part. But the representative of the EU observation mission, Martins Espinoza, calls the two candidates to calm, although “the right to demonstrate is guaranteed in Madagascar”.
The highly media duel between the two rivals seemed to overshadow the country’s deep problems, one of the poorest in Africa, plagued by chronic political instability since its independence from France in 1960.