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Madagascar’s incumbent President Rajoelina takes early lead in vote marked by boycott, low turnout

Associated Press

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Madagascar’s incumbent President Andry Rajoelina has taken a commanding lead in the island nation’s presidential election, which is being boycotted by the majority of candidates and is marked by low turnout. Preliminary results show the 49-year-old former DJ, who is seeking reelection, with 71% percent of the vote held Thursday. His two nearest rivals have just over 10% each. Votes from less than 9% of the polling stations have been counted so far. The final official results are not due until the beginning of December. Ten candidates announced they were pulling out of the election this week, alleging that conditions for a legitimate and fair vote were not met.

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