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 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.
Madagascar is holding its first presidential vote since former disc jockey Andry Rajoelina took power in a military-backed coup in 2009 that left the nation gripped by international isolation and economic stagnation.
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.
Marc Ravalomanana , who was ousted as president of Madagascar in March 2009, said he wants to return home to participate in mediation talks, and that he would like to run in presidential elections this year.
Madagascan President Andry Rajoelina was removed from a list of candidates for his job before an election this week, along with the wife of ousted leader Marc Ravalomanana and former President Didier Ratsiraka.