On Tuesday, Madagascar’s top court has announced former leader Andry Rajoelina winner of a hard-fought presidential vote.
High Constitutional Court chairman Jean Eric Rakotoarisoa ratified results given by the Indian Ocean island’s electoral board last month saying Rajoelina won 55.66 percent of votes versus 44.34 percent for Marc Ravalomanana.
The 44-year-old businessman, told jubilant supporters at his party’s headquarters that “The victory is not only mine. It is also the victory of Malagasy people.”
He had ousted Ravalomanana, 69, who is known as “the milkman” for his ownership of a dairy business, in a 2009 coup.