|Hery Rajaonarimampianina (C) receives interviews in Antananarivo, capital of Madagascar, on Jan. 17, 2014. Madagascar's special electoral court (CES) on Friday that Hery Rajaonarimampianina was elected president of the fourth republic of the Indian Ocean island country. (Xinhua/Mika Rajaonarison)
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ANTANANARIVO, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Madagascar's special electoral court (CES) on Friday that Hery Rajaonarimampianina was elected president of the fourth republic of the Indian Ocean island country.
"I declare that Hery Rajaonarimampinaina was elected president of the Republic of Madagascar," CES President Rakotozafy Francois said at a ceremony attended by chiefs of institutions, government officials, diplomatic corps and the winner of the Dec. 20 presidential run-off, Rajaonarimampianina.
The CES president said Rajaonarimampianina won 53.49 percent of the votes during the run-off election while his rival Jean Louis Robinson had 46.51 percent of votes.
"The president of the fourth republic is elected. The victory of all Malagasy people, the victory of the democracy was announced today," Rajaonarimampianina told journalists right after the ceremony.
"I thank all Malagasy people from the bottom of my heart for showing wisdom and willingness in all elections," Rajaonarimampianina added.
"I will be the president of all Malagasy people without distinction. I ask for your help to restore Madagascar. We will work. I am confident that whatever your clan, we will restore Madagascar in appeasement and solidarity," Hery said.
"The CES declared that there was no massive fraud. They judged impartially when they released the results of the election. They respected the choice of the people. I call everyone to respect the CES decision," he said in defense if his victory.
Rajaonarimampianina, 55, is the eighth elected Malagasy president and 11th chief of state since Madagascar's independence in 1960.