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Vol 54 No 16

Published 2nd August 2013


Madagascar

Crisis grows as presidential elections delayed again

Coup leader Rajoelina's insistence that he must be a candidate has thrown preparations for the presidential elections into chaos

Political tensions and street clashes have been increasing ahead of the 31 July deadline set by the Groupe internationale de contact sur Madagascar (GIC-M), which has set key conditions for credible elections in the country. If coup leader Andry Rajoelina fails to accede to these conditions – as seems likely – he will face international sanctions. In fact, sanctions will apply to all those deemed to be blocking credible elections. The immediate result will be further damage to an already badly faltering economy.

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