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Robinson leads in early results in Madagascar election; observers endorse conduct of polling
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Sunday, October 27, 2013 11:24 AM EDT
Madagascar's national electoral commission says preliminary results show Jean Louis Robinson leading the 33-candidate race with 29 percent of the votes counted. The election body, on its website, says results are from 1,255 of the 20,001 polling stations.
Regional and international observers on Sunday endorsed Madagascar's first post-coup voting on Friday. The European Union described the polling as "peaceful and transparent."
The election is hoped to end years of political crisis after outgoing President Andry Rajoelina, with backing from the military, seized power from former President Marc Ravalomanana in 2009.