Madagascar to vote in run-off presidential polls
LIOU ANTANANARIVO (AFP) - Madagascans return to polling stations on Friday to choose a new president in a run-off vote aimed at ending a political and economic crisis sparked by a coup four years ago.
Proxy candidates for the ousted president and his usurper go head-to-head in the elections in a bid to restore democracy and foreign aid to the Indian Ocean island.
Medical doctor Robinson Jean Louis, who won most votes in the first round two months ago, is the protege of deposed and exiled leader Marc Ravalomanana.
His rival Hery Rajaonarimampianina was finance minister for most of strongman Andry Rajoelina's four years in power.