Madagascar court declares Rajoelina as election winner

Madagascar’s High Constitutional Court has declared former leader Andry Rajoelina as the winner of the country’s bitterly contested presidential election.

Rejecting all complaints filed over the results, the court on Tuesday said Rajoelina won with more than 55 percent of the vote in the Indian Ocean island nation’s runoff election last month.

Rajoelina’s main challenger, former President Marc Ravalomanana, received more than 44 percent, the court said.