Madagascar to begin organizing presidential elections

Andry Rajoelina ElectionsMadagascar’s current economic crisis may have finally found its solution. In hopes to regain economic support from its international community, Madagascar’s Transition President Andry Rajoelina takes proactive measures with talks about organizing presidential elections for the coming year.

Since Andry Rajoelina took over former President Marc Ravalomanana’s place in 2009, the US dropped its AGOA deal with Madagascar, arguing that the transitional government was unconstitutional since Rajoelina was not democratically elected. The strong-felt impact which resulted only magnified when Europe followed as well.

In light of their crisis, the UN asked the SADC to coach Madagascar towards new elections. Accordingly, the SADC laid out a roadmap to help Madagascar with their political goals.

Last week, Rajoelina reviewed progress of the roadmap with UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon. Following their meeting, Rajoelina told the press that his country is ready to start organizing presidential elections. Rajoelina met last Friday with the chairman of SADC in Angola to further discuss the roadmap. Madagascar will probably hold elections towards the end of this year or in the early spring of 2013.


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