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Madagascar Starts Voting In Bid To End Poverty, Corruption

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Millions of voters in Madagascar queued in long lines early on Wednesday to vote in a presidential election as the Indian Ocean Island struggles to create jobs, fight poverty and end corruption.

Queues started forming as early as 6.00 a.m. in the capital, Antananarivo.

Voter Sahondramalala Nirisoa told Reuters she had arrived early because she needed to get to work.

“I hope and I pray for a change,’’ she said. “That is why I came to vote.’’

President Hery Rajaonarimampianina is seeking a second term in office and his two main challengers are former heads of state; Marc Ravalomanana and Andry Rajoelina.

All three have crisscrossed the island in a hunt for votes and each has pledged to accelerate recovery for an economy the International Monetary Fund forecasts will grow at more than five per cent this year, its highest rate in a decade.

Civil society groups accuse the three wealthy front-runners of enriching themselves in office, something each denies.

The groups say a fisheries deal the incumbent signed with Chinese firms in September is opaque and will impoverish local fishermen.

They also said Ravalomanana failed to tackle corruption during his time in office that ended in 2009 when he was forced out by protests led by Rajoelina in what international organisations, like the African Union, said was a coup.

Conservation groups then accused Rajoelina, the man who ousted him, of profiting from the plunder of natural resources.

There are nearly 10 million registered voters in the country of 25 million people, data from the electoral commission showed.

Few analysts expect an outright winner from the 36 total who are contesting.

If the poll needs to go to a second round, it will involve only the two top candidates and take place on Dec. 19.

Since a peaceful election in 2013, investors and donor governments re-engaged following a four-year freeze that began after Rajoelina came to power.

The events of 2009 prompted an exodus of foreign investors from a country that is one of the world’s poorest despite reserves of nickel, cobalt, gold, uranium and other minerals.

The island was hit by a fresh political crisis in April sparked by a legal amendment by Rajaonarimampianina’s government that would have prevented Ravalomanana from standing for office.

Rajaonarimampianina approved a new law removing that provision the following month, allowing Ravalomanana to register as a candidate.

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18 Comments Nigeria News
[email protected]• 9 months ago
Nigeria can improve!
Olite1996• 9 months ago
Good news for them
Oluwatobiloba• 9 months ago
Oluwatobiloba• 9 months ago
Ahmadusman07• 9 months ago
Princeshowboy• 9 months ago
God will put in a truthful person
Jedz• 9 months ago
Change is good.. And am not talking APC
Lurdharry• 9 months ago
AdetolaAkomolafe• 9 months ago
Gud one..may God help u to choose d right candidate....who will have d interest of d people at heart....
Lafeeze53• 10 months ago
All over
ANOINTING• 10 months ago
okay na
innkayobami• 10 months ago
Good for them
[email protected]• 10 months ago
Election should be free and fair, hoping Nigeria election will improve...
iammicharles• 10 months ago
Let them come and see the ones we have here
Jamiu• 10 months ago
nice one
Iyamahsolomon• 10 months ago
Nigeria can do it
Raymond• 10 months ago
This will not never happened in Nigeria
Abidoun• 10 months ago
Why can't this be done in Nigeria

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