Madagascar: Ravalomanana, Rajoelina work overtime to win votes ahead of run-off

Tight second round

The Malagasy will head to the polls for the second time in two months, to decide the winner of presidential election run-off, on Wednesday.

The vote pits two former presidents, Marc Ravalomanana and Andry Rajoelina, whose rivalry has dominated politics on the Indian Ocean island for years.

Campaigning for Wednesday’s election has been personal, with Rajoelina dismissing his rival as an old man who should “retire and go milking his cows.”

Ravalomanana has cast his rival as a “destroyer” and denounced his “provocations”.

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