Madagascar

Madagascar Election Pits Candidate Backed by Coup Power to Candidate Backed by Party That Was Ousted

Still feeling the pain of the coup five years later

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Madagascar's voters cast ballots on Friday in a run-off presidential election, but many expect old political rifts to persist and see no quick fix for their battered economy after a coup five years ago drove away investors and donors.

Voters have a choice between a former finance minister backed by outgoing President Andry Rajoelina, the disc jockey-turned-statesman whom the army helped to power in 2009, and an ally of Marc Ravalomanana, the leader who was ousted in the coup.