Madagascar’s electoral court upheld Hery Rajaonarimampianina’s victory in last month’s presidential elections as his defeated rival urged regional leaders to investigate his claim that the vote was marred by fraud.
Madagascar’s former Finance Minister Hery Rajaonarimampianina won the presidential run-off to replace his backer Andry Rajoelina, who came to power in a coup almost five years ago that crippled the economy.
Madagascar’s former finance minister, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, is leading the race to become the Indian Ocean island nation’s next president, the electoral commission said, with 95 percent of ballots counted.
Voters in Madagascar head to the polls for a presidential run-off that may help pull the country out of a five-year political crisis that prompted international donors to freeze aid and stalled the economy.
Madagascar presidential candidate Jean Louis Robinson will compete in a run-off against former Finance Minister Hery Rajaonarimampianina after no candidate scored sufficient votes for an outright majority.
Madagascar presidential candidate Jean Louis Robinson said he’ll cut taxes and take steps to attract foreign investors to help resuscitate economic growth that’s been at a standstill since a coup four years ago.
Madagascar takes a step toward returning to democracy and ending its international isolation as voters began casting ballots in the first presidential election since a 2009 military-backed coup stalled the economy.