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Madagascar Holds Crucial Presidential Vote

Madagascar is holding a long-delayed presidential election on Friday, a step seen as crucial to restoring democratic rule following a 2009 coup. Thirty-three candidates are vying to become president. None is expected to receive enough votes to avoid a December runoff election. Coup-leader Andry Rajoelina and the man he ousted, Marc Ravalomanana, have been barred from running, leaving no clear favorites. Rajoelina took over as transitional leader in 2009 has but failed to follow through on ...

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