Madagascar voters go to polls

2013-12-20 16:03
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Antananarivo - With hopes that the election of a new president will end international sanctions, residents of this Indian Ocean island are going to the polls for a second round of presidential and legislative elections.

The sanctions were imposed after Marc Ravalomanana's democratically-elected government was overthrown by Andry Rajoelina in a military-backed takeover in 2009. Madagascar has an estimated 7.5 million registered voters.

For president, voters on Friday choose between Jean Louis Robinson, a former minister of public health and former minister of sports, and outgoing Finance Minister Hery Rajaonarimampianina.

Robinson has the support of Ravalomanana, while Rajaonarimampianina is backed by Rajoelina.

Madagascar lost a lot of foreign aid because of sanctions imposed after the coup and was suspended from the African Union and the Southern African Development Community.
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