Madagascar sets 25 October poll date

2013-08-22 19:22
Andry Rajoelina (File: AFP)

Andry Rajoelina (File: AFP)

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Antananarivo - Madagascar will hold a much-delayed presidential election on 25 October, organisers said on Thursday, in a vote designed to end a deep political crisis prompted by a coup four years ago.

Parliamentary elections will follow on 20 December, along with a second presidential round if the October vote does not deliver an outright winner, the electoral commission said.

The new dates follow two earlier postponements amid a lack of funding and controversy over three top contenders' candidacies.

An electoral court on Saturday dropped the names of strongman Andry Rajoelina, the wife of his rival, and a former president after the three refused to withdraw from the presidential race.

Rajoelina ousted president Marc Ravalomanana in an army-backed coup in 2009.

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