Andry Rajoelina has won re-election following the run-off polls in Madagascar last December 19.

The High Constitutional Court in the Indian Ocean island nation has validated the election results.

According to the elections commission, Rajoelina won 55.66 percent of the vote to beat rival and former president Ravalomanana (44.34 percent).

Turnout was a low 48 percent.

Ravalomanana had disputed the results and asked the court to invalidate the results. His effort failed.

Rajoelina was president from 2009 through 2014. Ravalomanana was president until he was ousted in the coup which brought Rajoelina to power.

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