Ravalomanana's party threatens protests

2014-01-05 12:38

(Shutterstock)

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

kalahari.com

  • Marc Ravalomanana
    Marc Ravalomanana (born December 12, 1949, in Imerinkasinina) is a Malagasy politician who was the... Now R585.00
    buy now

Antananarivo - The party of Madagascar's ousted president Marc Ravalomanana on Saturday warned the electoral panel it would face "the people's wrath" if it declares electoral victory for the rival camp.

The outgoing leadership's candidate, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, won 53.5% of the vote in a 20 December presidential runoff, according to official results.

But his rival, Robinson Jean Louis, filed several challenges with the Special Electoral Court (SEC), claiming the ballot was rigged in favour of strongman Andry Rajoelina's man.

"You in the SEC... don't think you can swindle the people," Roland Ravatomanga, the leader of Ravalomanana's movement, said at gathering in the capital Antananarivo.

"We do not intend to terrorise you or threaten you but we are just warning you: beware for you might incur the people's wrath," he added. "Don't make us do anything silly."

"We have a trusted jurist sitting on the SEC. If we find out ahead of time that it's not going our way, we are sorry to say that the people will rise up," he told a crowd of Ravalomanana supporters in Malagasy.

Incitement

Speaking in French to foreign reporters moments later, he was more measured. "I never called for street protests," he said.

"If the population wants to take to the streets, it is not our duty to stop them, it is their right," he added.

A top police official warned against incitement.

Incumbent president Rajoelina seized power from his rival Ravalomanana with the backing of the army in 2009, sending the country's economy into free-fall.

According to the World Bank, the ensuing crisis cost the Indian Ocean island nation at least $8bn.

The island's two main political players - Rajoelina and Ravalomanana - were barred from running in the polls amid fears of a return to violence.

They instead backed proxy candidates who went head-to-head in a run-off poll last month after an inconclusive first round in October.

Despite the mud-slinging, international observers gave the vote the green light and called on the parties to respect the electoral process.

Read more on:    marc ravalomanana  |  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
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Oscar Pistorius
 

6 life hacks you simply have to know

A few simple tricks can make your life so much easier!

 
 

For chic geeks...

Device lets disabled people talk through their nose
It’s THIS easy for someone to steal your ATM pin!
This is why you should install iOS 8
17 photo illusions that look so real

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

Pre-order your iPhone 6 at kalahari.com

Hurry and pre-order your own iPhone 6 now at SA’s favourite online store!

Bargain box – 60% off

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

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Baby extravanganza month at kalahari.com

Celebrate baby month with a wide range of awesome baby products. Offers valid while stocks last. 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

You may take extra pride in your work today. You have a need to shine and be respected so you may put the extra effort and TLC...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.