Rajoelina Takes Commanding Lead in Madagascar’s presidential run-off

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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 percent, the INEC said, citing data from 93.13 percent 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.

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. Enditem

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