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Beaten Robinson calls for Madagascar presidential recount

Beaten Robinson calls for Madagascar presidential recount
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The politically volatile Indian ocean island of Madagascar looks set for more uncertainty after the winner of the presidential election was challenged by the beaten candidate.

The result of the first presidential election since a 2009 coup gave victory to that coup leader’s chosen successor, former finance minister Hery Rajaonarimampianina. He has been given 53.5 percent of the December 20 vote.

Turnout was just over 50 percent, reflecting a general disillusionment with politicians on the island, but Jean Louis Robinson, who was given 46.5 percent of the vote, claims there has been massive electoral fraud.

Robinson has filed nearly 300 complaints, and is demanding a recount.

“This is a provisional result proclaimed by the electoral commission, so it doesn’t bother me. I’m now waiting to see what the special court decides,” said one man.

Since the 2009 coup Madagascar has suffered capital flight, and aid has been reduced, deepening poverty levels in one of Africa’s already-poorest states.

Robinson’s recount demand has gone unanswered for the moment, with the provisional winner only demanding that people peacefully wait for the final result.