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.
The Indian Ocean’s vanilla island is set for its presidential election on November 7, with 36 candidates on the ballot. Two could advance to a possible run-off on December 19.
The opposition claim the new amendments to the electoral laws are nothing but a bid to prevent their leader, a former president, from running in the upcoming election.
Authorities in Madagascar are struggling to contain an outbreak of a plague that has killed at least 54 people and infected around 500 more.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he will ratify without delay the constitutional amendment bill forwarded by parliament. The president must approve the package before it goes to a referendum.
Confusion in Madagascar as presidency says PM, cabinet resign but PM says he has not yet turned in resignation letter
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