Madagascar rivals set for election run-off

Two former presidents of Madagascar look set to compete in a hotly-contested run-off election in December after partial results Thursday showed they were frontrunners in the first-round vote.

With 84 percent of the ballots counted from last week’s vote, Andry Rajoelina was on 39.61 percent and Marc Ravalomanana on 35.15 percent — pointing towards a close race for the presidency in the head-to-head second round.

Outgoing president Hery Rajaonarimampianina was in third place out of 36 candidates with eight percent.

Source: Seychelles News Agency