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    Voters go to the polls in Madagascar to vote for president

    Africa: Madagascar

    Primer om presidential electiuon

    (Nov. 7, 2018)

    A presidential election was set to be held in Madagascar on Nov. 7, 2018.  
    President Hery Rajaonarimampianina was seeking a second term in office and would be challenged by two former heads of state --  Marc Ravalomanana and Andry Rajoelina.  

    While all three candidates have campaigned on messages of economic growth, all three candidates have also been accused of using the office for personal financial gain and of corruption in some form.  For the president, there were questions about a deal with Chinese companies dealing with the finishing industry that critics have said lacks transprency.  For Ravalomanana, there wree prevailing criticisms about his failure to deal with corruption when he was president.  And for Rajoelina, the person who ousted Ravalomanana from office in a coup, there were accusations that he enriched himself by exploiting the island nation's  natural resources.

    All expectations were that no one would emerge from the election in November with an outright victory.  More than likely, the two top vote getters would go on to contest a second round on Dec. 19, 2018. 

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