Two former presidents of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina and Marc Ravalomanana, will face each other in a run-off election next month to decide who will lead the large Indian Ocean island nation, the country’s top court announced on Wednesday.

The run-off comes after neither candidate won the 50 percent of votes required for a first-round victory on November 7, with Rajoelina receiving 39.23 percent and Ravalomanana 35.35 percent, according to the final results released by the Constitutional Court.

The new round of voting is due on December 19.

-AFP/News24