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Date:19 Aug 2013
Madagascar court bars Rajoelina and Lalao from election

Madagascar's electoral court has barred the incumbent president, Andry Rajoelina, and the wife of a long-standing rival from standing in the next presidential election, the court said.

The decision by Rajoelina and Lalao Ravalomanana, wife of the Indian Ocean island's previous leader, unseated by Rajoelina in a 2009 coup, to stand in the election led to donors suspending financing for the poll.

As a result, the vote has been delayed by a month to August 23, and analysts say there are now doubts whether it will happen at all. The court also struck former president Didier Ratsiraka from the list of candidates.

It cited "an anomaly in the application of the law" but gave no further reasons for its decision. It was not immediately clear if the prospective candidates had recourse to appeal.

Madagascar slid into turmoil that scared off investors and hurt the vital tourism industry after the former disc jockey Rajoelina seized power from Marc Ravalomanana with military support. Foreign donors froze budget support and the AU suspended Madagascar's membership.

Source: Reuters

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