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Vote rigging claims over Madagascar

Madagascan presidential candidate Jean Louis Robinson has claimed there was vote-rigging in the second round of elections on the island nation.

The electoral commission's website showed that, with 96% of the votes from the December 20 poll counted, Mr Robinson's rival, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, has a clear lead with 53% of the vote and Mr Robinson trailing with 46%.

But Mr Robinson, appearing on two television channels on Monday night, claimed he had evidence of many electoral "irregularities and failures".

Saraha Georget Rabearisoa, who threw her support behind Mr Robinson after being eliminated in the first round of elections on October 25 which produced no clear winner, also asserted "there has been massive fraud that can change the outcome of the election".

She said there are records and hard evidence to prove the fraud.

AP

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