Government hits back at opposition leader Marc Ravalomanana, saying for such comments to come "from a former head of state who ordered the shooting of a crowd in 2009, is inadmissible and it stirs up hatred among our compatriots."
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.
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.
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