Madagascar: Former President Rejects Bribery Allegations


Front runner in the November 7 presidential elections in Madagascar and former president Andry Rajoelina has dismissed allegations by EU observers that he bribed local officials in an attempt to influence the vote.

Specifically the EU observer mission report released earlier this week alleges that Rajoelina paid two local chiefs $5,000 to secure their support.

With around half the votes counted Rajeolina leads the race with 39.34% of the vote, followed by another former president Marc Ravalomanana. Incumbent Hery Rajaonarimampianina looks set to go out in the first round having secured only around 8% of votes thus far.

If no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote then the two frontrunners will go head-to-head in a second round next month.