Both candidates competing to become Madagascar’s next president have claimed victory after an election runoff, even though only a small percentage of the results have yet been declared.
Two former presidents contested Wednesday’s second round, Marc Ravalomanana and the man who ousted him in a 2009 coup, Andry Rajoelina, and the nation is hoping for a peaceful outcome with no repeat of the political chaos of almost a decade ago.
Madagascar’s electoral body said results from 5 percent of all polling stations showed Rajoelina, leading with fifty-seven percent.
In the first-round election last month, Rajoelina got thirty-nine-point-two percent and Ravalomanana thirty-five-point-three percent of the vote. Hery Rajaonarimampianina, who has been president since Rajoelina stepped down in 2014, came a distant third. Provisional results in the run-off are expected before the end of the year.