Ravalomanana's wife may run for president

2013-04-16 14:19
Lalao Ravalomanana. (File, AFP)

Lalao Ravalomanana. (File, AFP)

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

Antananarivo - The wife of ousted leader Marc Ravalomanana has been named presidential candidate in Madagascar's elections due in July, the former ruling party has announced.

Lalao Ravalomanana was picked as the candidate of her husband's political party at a weekend meeting, party officials said on Monday.

"It was absolutely a natural consensus between members of the Ravalomanana Movement and [ex]-president Ravalomanana," Mamy Rakotoarivelo, a representative of the party told AFP.

But her nomination may inflame tensions in the troubled Indian Ocean island nation and complicate the holding of elections due on July 24.

Lalao and her husband had been exiled in South Africa since the coup in 2009, but the former first lady was allowed back into the country on March 12 to be with her seriously ill 83-year-old mother.

Madagascar's strongman Andry Rajoelina allowed her to return on condition she would abstain from all political activities.

That demand now appears to have been flouted.

The deadline to submit presidential nomination papers is May 3. Observers suspect Ravalomanana's papers are likely to be rejected on the grounds she has not resided in Madagascar for the last six months.

By the deadline date, she would have just been in Madagascar for slightly over seven weeks. She risks expulsion from the country.

Ravalomanana, the mother of four, has no known political experience.

Political crisis

She created the food conglomerate Tiko with her husband and became its chief executive before they were forced into exile in 2009.

The couple had tried unsuccessfully several times to return to Madagascar, with authorities believing that their return could spark unrest.

Ravalomanana's party said the former head of state hopes to return to Madagascar after the elections.

The main political foes Rajoelina and Marc Ravalomanana have opted to stay out of the 2013 race, saying their absence would favour a smooth transition.

Madagascar has been mired in political crisis since Rajoelina overthrew Ravalomanana's government in March 2009 with the army's support.

The July elections are expected to end the long-running crisis and restore the island to constitutional order.

A week ago Rajoelina's party named Edgar Razafindravahy, the mayor of the capital, as its candidate in the presidential vote.

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

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Month End Madness Sale!

Save up to 60% on across a wide range of goods from books to electronics, DVDs and many more. Sale end 31 January 2015. Shop now!

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It is easy to get bogged down by things today. The Taurus Moon highlights the comforts and pleasures of life. You may have the...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.