Mada­gas­car polls: for­mer leader ahead

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ANTANANARIVO: Count­ing of votes from a pres­i­den­tial poll was un­der way in Mada­gas­car yes­ter­day, with for­mer leader Andry Ra­joelina com­mand­ing a slim lead in early re­sults from some polling sta­tions.

Pre­lim­i­nary re­sults from the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion re­leased from about 100 polling sta­tions out of more than 24 000 showed Ra­joelina ahead of his two main ri­vals.

Vot­ers are ea­ger to get a win­ner who will tackle the im­pov­er­ished In­dian Ocean is­land’s prob­lems.

Few ex­pect an out­right win­ner and the poll is widely ex­pected to go into a sec­ond round.

| Reuters

ANDRY Ra­joelina.

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