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Madagascar votes in presidential run-off

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Madagascar has been voting in round two of a presidential poll, which it is hoped will help one of Africa’s poorest
nations emerge from political, economic and social crisis.

It is the first such ballot since 2009 when democratically-elected Marc Ravalomanana was ousted in a military-backed takeover by incumbent President Andry Rajoelina.

Claims of fraud on both sides have not been confirmed by independent monitors and, according to Africa Diaspora in Europe Observer Olivier Combo, the vote unfolded peacefully.

Neither Ravalomanana nor Rajoelina is standing in a bid to defuse tensions but allies of the two men are. Neither are political heavyweights.

Robinson Jean Louis, on Ravalomanana’s side, came out on top in the first round, ahead of rival, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, backed by Rajoelina.

Parliamentary polls were also taking place and this could mean a power-sharing deal is necessary.