Despite Opposition calls for a boycott, people in Madagascar voted for a new president. Incumbent President Andry Rajoelina had support in areas, while opposition neighborhoods saw fewer voters. Some people heeded calls to stay away from voting booths, while others believed the opposition should have participated. The choice was limited to three men after 10 candidates withdrew. Rajoelina's democratic credentials were tainted by a violent crackdown on protests, and his popularity has been affected by the struggling economy and widespread poverty. The hope is that this election will bring an end to a history of disputed votes and political instability in the country.
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