Hery Rajaonarimampianina declared the new President


Former Finance Minister Hery Rajaonarimampianina has won the second round of the presidential election in Madagascar. His candidacy was backed by the current President Andry Rajoelina and he was standing under the banner Hery Vaovao ho an’I Madagasikara. He received 53.5% of the vote according to results published on the Independent National Electoral Commission for the Transition (CENI-T) website.

His opponent, Jean Louis Robinson who was backed by ousted former President Marc Ravalomanana won 46.5% of the vote. Robinson’s camp has announced that it will challenge the result in the courts and says that there were many cases of electoral fraud.

Although the vote was supposed to end the battles between the two camps, the closeness of the vote and the disputed nature of the election is likely to lead to many more months of uncertainty in a country which badly needs support from the international community.

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