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Six killed in Madagascar lightning strike

Antananarivo - Six people from the same family were "killed on the spot" by a lightning strike in Madagascar over the weekend while sheltering from a storm, officials said Monday.

Ex-president Rajoelina wins Madagascar vote

Antananarivo - Former Madagascan president Andry Rajoelina has beaten his rival and predecessor Marc Ravalomanana in an election beset by allegations of fraud, the electoral commission said Thursday.Rajoelina has returned to power after he won 55.

Ex-president Rajoelina closes in on Madagascar election win: partial results

Antananarivo - Former Madagascan president Andry Rajoelina was set to return to power as partial election results on Saturday gave him a clear lead over his rival Marc Ravalomanana, who has alleged the vote count was fraudulent.

Madagascar counts votes in tense election run-off

Antananarivo - Madagascar released early partial results on Thursday the day after its presidential election, with both candidates claiming victory in a head-to-head duel that has raised fears of instability on the Indian Ocean island.

Madagascar votes to decide between rival ex-presidents

Antananarivo - Madagascar voted on Wednesday in a two-man contest between former presidents who have waited years to come face-to-face in a fiercely personal battle for power in the Indian Ocean island.

In southern Madagascar, voters struggle for food before ballot

Taolanaro - One after another, the mothers sat their babies in the shade, on a mat placed on the dusty ground. This morning at least, their children will have enough to eat.

Madagascan ex-presidents face off in election clash

Antananarivo - Madagascar heads to the polls on Wednesday in a crunch head-to-head election between two arch-rivals who have dominated political life on the poverty-stricken Indian Ocean island for years.

Madagascar ex-presidents to contest run-off vote

Antananarivo - Two former presidents of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina and Marc Ravalomanana, will face each other in a run-off election next month to decide who will lead the Indian Ocean island nation, the country's top court announced on Wednesday.

Madagascar police call for calm ahead of election result

Antananarivo - Madagascan police on Friday called for candidates to exercise restraint as near-complete results were tallied from a first-round presidential election last week, with two former leaders looking set to go through to the run-off.

Madagascar rivals set for election run-off

Antananarivo - Two former presidents of Madagascar look set to compete in a hotly-contested run-off election in December after partial results Thursday showed they were frontrunners in the first-round vote.

Madagascar ex-president denies election bribery claims

Antananarivo - Madagascar's former president Andry Rajoelina on Monday rejected allegations by EU observers that he bribed local officials in return for their support in last week's presidential vote.

'Very minor' irregularities in Madagascar vote: EU

Antananarivo - EU election observers said on Friday that Madagascar's presidential election this week had "very minor" irregularities after candidate Hery Rajaonarimampianina alleged the vote was mired by fraud.

Former president alleges fraud in Madagascar vote

Antananarivo - Former Madagascan president Hery Rajaonarimampianina on Thursday alleged that "many voting irregularities" pointed to fraud in this week's election, heightening fears of protests and a disputed result.

Rajoelina and Ravalomanana lead Madagascar presidential race

Antananarivo - Madagascar's former presidents Andry Rajoelina and Marc Ravalomanana were neck-and-neck in the country's presidential race according to partial results published by the electoral commission on Thursday.Rajoelina won 43.

Madagascar counts votes after presidential poll

Antananarivo - Election officials began counting ballots in Madagascar after Wednesday's vote for a new president in which three former heads of state ran as the Indian Ocean island seeks to defuse a political crisis.

Glitz, choppers: Madagascar politicians splurge on campaigns

Antananarivo - Grand firework displays, giant screens and chartered helicopters -- leading contenders in Madagascar's elections on Wednesday have been battling to outdo each other with extravagant campaigning in stark contrast to the deep poverty of voters.

Madagascar to hold presidential vote in November

Antananarivo - Madagascar will hold a presidential election on November 7, the prime minister said Friday, after street protests and a political crisis that forced the appointment of a caretaker government.

Madagascar names technocrat as 'consensus' PM in bid to end crisis

Antananarivo - Madagascar's president named a senior UN official on Monday to head a government of national unity in a bid to end a crisis sparked by electoral reforms.

Defence minister warns of intervention in Madagascar crisis

Antananarivo - Madagascar's defence minister, General Beni Xavier Rasolofonirina, threatened on Thursday to deploy security forces if the government and opposition failed to resolve a crisis sparked by controversial election laws.

Tackling the business of targeted kidnappings in Madagascar

Antananarivo - It happened five years ago but "Andre" remembers being kidnapped at gunpoint like it was yesterday.
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