Madagascar struggles to end political crisis

2013-08-23 08:01
Andry Rajoelina (File: AFP)

Andry Rajoelina (File: AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

kalahari.com

Antananarivo - Madagascar pushed back the date of its presidential elections for the third time on Thursday, to 25 October, as the Indian Ocean island struggles to end years of political crisis.

The former French colony has been in chaos since Andry Rajoelina seized power with military support in 2009, ousting former president Marc Ravalomanana after opposition protests.

Its tourism industry has suffered badly from the turmoil, and foreign companies have been wary of committing to investment in its oil, gold, chrome and nickel reserves.

Rajoelina and Ravalomanana reached a deal with regional states in January to restore order, based on the condition neither of them would stand in the election, initially planned for May.

However, Ravalomanana's wife said she would run for the presidency instead, prompting Rajoelina also to declare his bid.

The election was postponed to July when the electoral commission said it was unprepared to hold the poll. It was then pushed back to late August because the decision by Rajoelina and Ravalomanana's wife to stand led to donors suspending financing for the poll.

At the weekend, the electoral court banned Rajoelina and Ravalomanana's wife, Lalao, from standing in the poll. The court also struck former President Didier Ratsiraka from the list of candidates.

Economy

The electoral commission said on Thursday that it was pushing back the election date to 25 October so it could change the list of candidates to exclude the three.

Beatrice Atallah, president of Madagascar's electoral body, said in a statement that a possible presidential run-off as well as parliamentary elections would be held on 20 December.

The court's ruling barring the three candidates was widely welcomed by Western and regional powers who say the country needs a fresh start with new candidates.

The African Union, the South African Development Community (SADC) and key donors such as France and the European Union had applied heavy pressure to try to prevent the candidacies.

Norbert Ratsirahonana, special adviser to Rajoelina, said the president would respect the court's decision to block him from the race and had also accepted the new election date.

Lalao Ravalomanana was not immediately available to comment on her exclusion from the election.

On Monday, her supporters said they would take to the streets to protest against the "illegal" court ruling barring her from running, but this has failed to materialise.

Madagascar's economy shrank 4.6% in 2009, the year of the coup, after growing at 7.1% the year before. It is forecast to expand by just 2.6% this year, according to the World Bank.

Read more on:    sadc  |  marc ravalomanana  |  andry rajoelina  |  madagascar  |  southern africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

7 tips for the ultimate family camping trip

Taking the kids on a camping trip can be one of the most memorable holidays they will ever have!

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

BASE jump off the world’s tallest building!
Stand up paddler rides over shark!
Bear Grylls’ top 10 things kids should do outdoors
You HAVE to see this MTB Tsunami Fip!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Deal of the week!

20% off Afrikaans books, music and DVDs. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R1000 on Hisense smartphones!

View the large range of Hisense smartphones. Buy today and save up to R1000!

Hot gaming titles – available for pre-order!

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition, Far Cry 4, Grand Theft Auto 5 and more. Pre-order now!

Get a free eBook

Buy 3 eBooks and get the cheapest FREE. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Pushing too hard and doing too much may have left you feeling drained and overwhelmed. You may need time out to recharge and reset...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.