Q&A: Madagascar election run-off

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image captionThe election is aimed at ending a four-year political deadlock

Voters in Madagascar go to the polls on 20 December for the presidential run-off.

It is hoped that the election of a new president will end more than five years of economic paralysis spawned by international sanctions, imposed after Marc Ravalomanana's democratically-elected government was overthrown in a military-backed takeover in 2009.

The first round, which was held on 25 October, produced no outright winner. International observers said that the polling was largely peaceful, despite some incidents of violence, and that they were free and fair.

The run-off will be held on the same day as parliamentary elections. The parliamentary polls are considered important as the first task of the new MPs will be to nominate a prime minister.

The two candidates are backed by the two titans of Madagascar politics - incumbent President Andry Rajoelina and the man he ousted, Marc Ravalomanana.

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image captionRichard Jean-Louis Robinson (L) faces Hery Martial Rokotoarimanana Rajaonarimampianina (R)

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