Madagascar’s ruling party loses parliamentary majority

In recent legislative elections, Madagascar’s ruling party has seen a significant shift in its parliamentary influence, as reported by the Independent National Electoral Commission on Wednesday.

President Andry Rajoelina’s Tanora Malagasy Vonona party secured only 80 out of 163 seats in the National Assembly, failing to maintain its majority.

Independent candidates emerged with 52 seats, while the opposition garnered 25.

Notably, results from 122 polling stations were excluded due to a fire that destroyed voting materials on May 31.

Despite challenges, voter turnout for the May 29 elections surpassed that of 2019, with a recorded participation rate of slightly over 48%.

President Rajoelina, who secured a third term last November amid controversies of low voter turnout and opposition boycotts, faces a reshaped political landscape in Madagascar’s parliament.

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