Madagascar ex-president Rajoelina leads in vote count: first results

Former Madagascar president Andry Rajoelina was leading after last week’s presidential election aimed at ending a political crisis, ahead of rival Marc Ravalomanana, according to preliminary results released on Sunday.

Rajoelina and Ravalomanana were frontrunners in the November 7 vote in the poor Indian Ocean island that has struggled with instability since independence from France in 1960.

After counting from 30.6 percent of polling stations, Rajoelina was ahead with 40.9 percent of the votes against 36 percent for Ravalomanana, the CENI electoral authority said.

Source: Seychelles News Agency