Voters cast their ballots in a one-room schoolhouse in a northern village of Madagascar. Photo © Alizé Carrère

This past week, Madagascar held its first presidential elections since the 2009 military coup that overthrew the government. Despite having 33 candidates in the running, I found the whole process remarkably calm and democratic from where I stood in a remote village schoolhouse.

Full story for National Geographic's Explorers Journal:

http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2013/10/31/madagascars-first-elections-since-2009-coup-revive-democracy/

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