Friday, November 15, 2013

Madagascar: Presidential candidates vow to improve economy if elected

The two candidates who will enter the second round of presidential election, scheduled on Dec. 20 in Madagascar, vowed on Thursday to improve economy in the Indian Ocean island country if they are elected. During a meeting, the two candidates explained one by one their strategy to develop the country if elected to the top post.

Jean Louis Robinson, the candidate supported by former president Marc Ravalomanana, pledged to update the five-year- project of Ravalomanana's "Madagascar Action Plan," open all companies closed during the political crisis since late 2008 and restore trust between international donors and Madagascar. Hery Rajaonarimampianina, who is supported by President of Transion Andry Rajoelina, proposed five solutions for a possible mandate, including a strategy to ensure food security for all Malagasy citizens.

His platform also covers infrastructure, tourism and better cooperation with international donors. According to the latest publication by the Independent National Election Commission (CENIT), Robinson took the lead with 23.98 percent of votes case in the first round of election held on Oct. 25. Rajaonarimampianina followed with 15.17 percent of the tally. According to Madagascar's electoral code, Robinson and Rajaonarimampianina should pass to the run-off election as none of the 33 candidates in the first round had an outright win.

Source: African News

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