Madagascar to hold run-off election

The two candidates will go head-to-head on 20 December.

Madagascan polling officials count votes at a polling station in Antananarivo on 25 October 2013. Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA - Madagascar's first democratic election since the 2009 coup that unseated President Marc Ravalomanana is going into a second round.

The run-off will be contested on 20 December between candidates endorsed by the ousted president and former disc jockey Andry Rajoelina who led the coup against Ravalomanana.

The final results from Madagascar's presidential poll on 25 October were a long time coming and produced no surprises.

Ravalomanana's choice, his former Health Minister Jean-Louis Robinson, took the lead from the start.

He attracted a fifth of votes cast.

Former Finance Minister Hery Rajaonarimampianina, who is carrying the colours of Rajoelina, won nearly 16 percent.

Both will carefully have to construct alliances to win the majority in the second round and hopefully steer the country back into international acceptability.