Former President of Madagascar Andry Rajoelina has beaten his rival and predecessor Marc Ravalomanana in an election beset by allegations of fraud, the electoral commission said Thursday.
Rajoelina has returned to power after he won 55.66 percent against 44.34 percent for Ravalomanana in the run-off vote held last week.
The results, which was announced under high security, have been appealed by Ravalomana.
The defeated candidate filed papers with the Constitutional Court just hours after the electoral commission announced the election’s complete results.
The court has nine days to formally name the new president after it has reviewed the petition.
Ravalomana’s campaign director Anisoa Tseheno Rabenja accused the electoral commission of a “premeditated act” in helping Rajoelina commit “massive fraud”.