The Incumbent President of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina has secured a third term in office after winning Madagascar’s presidential election held on November 16, 2023. However, the election was marred by a low turnout and an opposition boycott, casting a shadow over the results.
According to the electoral commission (CENI), Rajoelina garnered 58.95% of the votes cast, while his nearest rival, Siteny Randrianasoloniaiko, secured 14.4%. Voter turnout was a mere 46%, the lowest in the country’s history.
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The opposition, which had called for a boycott of the election, has denounced the results, alleging widespread irregularities and voter intimidation. They have also accused Rajoelina’s government of using state resources to its advantage during the campaign.
Rajoelina, a former DJ and entrepreneur, first came to power in 2009 following a coup that ousted then-president Marc Ravalomanana. He was subsequently elected president in 2018 after defeating Ravalomanana in a runoff election.
The opposition’s claims of irregularities and the low voter turnout have raised concerns about the legitimacy of Rajoelina’s victory. The country’s Constitutional Court will now review the election results, and its decision is expected to have a significant impact on the country’s political stability.