Madagascar. According to
Countryaah, Parliament's first chamber, the Senate, was
reinstated after several years of residence. Only mayors and
members of provincial assemblies were allowed to take part
in the election of 60 members, and the House was largely
dominated by the Arema government. President Didier
Ratsiraka appointed another 30 members.
In the presidential election that took place in December,
surprising company manager Marc Ravalomanana received the
most votes in the first round. Ravalomanana, who is also
mayor of the capital Antananarivo, got just over 46% against
40% for President Ratsiraka. The result meant that the
election had to be decided in a second round of 2002.