Madagascar holds first presidential election since 2009 coup

By Katie Bacharach

Last week Madagascar voters went to the polls in the first presidential election since the coup in 2009. The country was plunged into turmoil after Mr. Rajoelina ousted former President Ravalomanana. Since then, foreign aid has largely been cut and poverty has worsened.

BBC and Reuters have the details on how the election has gone. There were 33 presidential candidates in the election, which has been postponed three times this year. Mr. Rajoelina, former Presidents Ravalomanana and Ratsiraka, and Ravalomanana’s wife were all barred from running for president. Voting was largely peaceful, although a number of polling stations outside of the capital were attacked.

According to BBC, European and African observers announced that the election was “free, transparent and credible”. Preliminary results show that Richard Jean-Louis Robinson has about 30 percent of the votes and his main rival Hery Martial Rakotoarimanana Rajaonarimampianina has just over 15 percent.