Andry Rajoelina set to be Madagascar president

Former Madagascan President Andry Rajoelina has defeated his rival Marc Ravalomanana in the presidental runoff vote in Madagascar.

He won 55 percent of the vote against 44 percent for Ravalomanana, according to the provisional results published Thursday by the electoral commission.

Incumbent president Hery Rajaonarimampianina had dropped out of the first round, after failing to secure enough votes.

The constitutional court is to declare the final election results in nine days.

Ravalomanana was forced from power in 2009, following political turmoil, following which Rajoelina had taken power.

Ravalomanana has denounced the latest result calling it “massive fraud.” The election commissions has said that it will take into account the concerns raised by both candidates.

The Indian ocean island nation, with a population of around 25 million people, is one of the poorest states in Africa.

It had suffered major economic losses following the 2009 political instability, as it led to an exodus of foreign investors and international sanctions.

Rajaonarimampianina in April this year attempted to change the electoral law to bar his rivals from contesting, But he had to withdraw the proposals following protests.

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