Madagascar heads to runoff election on Dec. 19

November 18, 2018 - 9:56 am

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — In Madagascar, two former heads of state will compete in the second round of the presidential election, to be held on Dec. 19.

Andry Rajoelina, president of the transitional period of 2009 to 2014, won 39 percent of the vote and Marc Ravalomanana, president from 2002 to 2009, received 35 percent.

The remainder of the votes were split up between the other 34 candidates. A candidate must win more than 50 percent of the vote to become president.

The second round will pit against each other the two main protagonists of Madagascar's 2009 crisis.

Only 54 percent of Madagascar's nearly 10 million registered voters cast their ballots, below the first round of the 2013 presidential election where the participation rate was 61 percent.

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