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Madagascar Ruling Party Leads Early Parliamentary Vote Results

Madagascar's ruling party has taken an early lead in the vote count from parliamentary elections held Sunday.

The island nation's Interior Ministry says the TIM or I Love Madagascar party has won all 12 seats decided so far in the capital, Antananarivo.

The ministry says voter turnout in the capital was low, with less than a third of eligible voters casting ballots.

The TIM party, led by Madagascar's President Marc Ravalomanana, is expected to maintain its control over the national assembly.

Mr. Ravalomanana dissolved the national assembly in July, saying the parliament no longer reflected national representation after constitutional changes adopted in April.

At that time, the president reduced the parliament's size from 160 to 127 seats. Before dissolution, the president's party held about 100 of those seats.

Final results are expected to take several weeks.

Madagascar is the world's fourth largest island and home to some 19.6 million people.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.