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Vol 54 No 17

Published 23rd August 2013


Madagascar

Rajoelina fends off sanctions with new election law

Announcing a restructuring of the electoral court and allowing newspapers to hint that he may opt out of the presidential race, Rajoelina has outwitted his rivals and international monitors

The drums were rolling ahead of 31 July, the deadline set by international organisations for Andry Rajoelina, President of the Haute Autorité de la Transition, to organise credible elections or face sanctions. But the deadline came and went, and little happened – as has so often has been the case since the military putsch that threw the country into disarray in February 2009.

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