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Vote counting starts in Madagascar election marked by low turnout and boycotted by most candidates

Associated Press

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Polling stations have closed and counting of votes is underway in Madagascar’s presidential election that was boycotted by the majority of candidates following weeks of unrest and court battles. The country’s elections management body will announce late Thursday the first nationwide trend, based on the counting of 60% of votes cast in major cities. Voters’ choices were limited to three men after 10 candidates announced they were pulling out of the election this week, alleging that conditions for a legitimate and fair vote haven’t been met. Andry Rajoelina is seeking reelection for a second term. The opposition said they don’t recognize the election.

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