An assassination attempt on Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina has been foiled and several “foreign and Malagasy” suspects arrested, prosecutor says.
In the run-off vote on December 19, Andry Rajoelina took 55.7 percent and Marc Ravalomanana won 44.3 percent, according to the final results.
Former president Andry Rajoelina received more than 55 percent of the vote while his opponent Marc Ravalomanana received more than 44 percent according to provisional results.
Madagascar hopes for a second peaceful election since upheaval in 2009, when former president Marc Ravalomanana was forced out of office by protests led by Andry Rajoelina in what the AU and other international organisations said was a coup.
Andry Rajoelina and Marc Ravalomanana both failed to secure 50 percent of the vote required for a first-round win and the run-off scheduled for December 19.
Madagascar's presidential candidate Antry Rajoelina was ahead with 40.9 percent of the votes against 36 percent for rival candidate Marc Ravalomanana, preliminary results show.
Counting of votes from a presidential poll underway with former president Andry Rajoelina commanding a slim lead in early results published by the electoral commission.
Voters in Madagascar voted to elect a president with hopes that a new leader will take their country out of chronic poverty and corruption. The 36 candidates have all promised to improve the country's economy.
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