Madagascar http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/26234/all en Madagascar leader says will not run in vote, offers fresh start http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/madagascar-leader-says-will-not-run-vote-offers-fresh-start <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Impoverished island in crisis since 2009 coup</p> <p>* Regional powers pressed Rajoelina not to stand</p> <p>* Ousted Ravalomanana has already opted out</p> <p>* Hopes to rebuild tourism, bring back investors</p> <p>By Alain Iloniaina</p> <p>ANTANANARIVO, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Madagascar's president Andry Rajoelina said on Tuesday he would not run in May elections, bowing to international pressure to give the island nation a fresh start after the coup that brought him to power.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/madagascar-leader-says-will-not-run-vote-offers-fresh-start" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Madagascar Merina people Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 15 Jan 2013 20:45:04 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5735007 at http://www.globalpost.com Madagascar presidential vote delayed to July 24 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/madagascar-presidential-vote-delayed-july-24 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Madagascar's crunch presidential elections expected to end a long-running political crisis sparked by a 2009 coup has been postponed by more than two months, the electoral agency announced Tuesday.</p> <p>"Operational difficulties" prompted the decision to move the vote from May 8 to July 24, the electoral commission said in a statement. A second round, if necessary, will be held on September 25, it said.</p> <p>The United Nations, which is providing technical support for the polls, endorsed the postponement.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/madagascar-presidential-vote-delayed-july-24" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Madagascar Merina people AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 16:46:13 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5746601 at http://www.globalpost.com S.African court throws out Ravalomanana passport appeal http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/safrican-court-throws-out-ravalomanana-passport-appeal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>South Africa's highest court has rejected a final appeal by ousted Madagascan president Marc Ravalomanana to have his passport returned, it said in a statement.</p> <p>"The Constitutional Court has considered the application for leave to appeal. It has concluded that it is not in the interest of justice to hear the matter at this stage," the court said in an order issued on Monday.</p> <p>"The application for leave to appeal is dismissed."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/safrican-court-throws-out-ravalomanana-passport-appeal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Madagascar Marc Ravalomanana Merina people AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 18:00:48 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5746686 at http://www.globalpost.com Madagascar delays presidential vote to July http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/madagascar-delays-presidential-vote-july <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Madagascar said on Tuesday it has delayed by more than two months a presidential election aimed at ending a long-running political crisis on the Indian Ocean island.</p> <p>The vote has been moved to July 24 from May 8 because of "operational difficulties", the electoral commission said in a statement.</p> <p>At a second round will be held on September 25 if necessary, on the same day as the legislative elections are scheduled.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/madagascar-delays-presidential-vote-july" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Madagascar Merina people Technology AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 18:16:21 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5746704 at http://www.globalpost.com Madagascar blocks return of ousted leader's wife http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130302/madagascar-blocks-return-ousted-leaders-wife <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Madagascar has blocked the wife of ousted leader Marc Ravalomanana from returning from exile in South Africa to visit his sick mother, an official in the ex-president's party said Saturday.</p> <p>Lalao Ravalomanana, who has been living with her husband in South Africa since his ouster in 2009, tried to board a flight operated by South African company Airlink, said Hanitra Razafimanatsoa, a senior official in Ravalomanana's party.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130302/madagascar-blocks-return-ousted-leaders-wife" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Madagascar Merina people AFP Sat, 02 Mar 2013 20:30:25 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5771824 at http://www.globalpost.com Ousted Madagascar leader's wife allowed to return home http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130312/ousted-madagascar-leaders-wife-allowed-return-home <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The wife of ousted Madagascar leader Marc Ravalomanana returned home Tuesday after her exiled husband's political rival granted her permission to visit her sick mother."Lalao Ravalomanana arrived on Malagasy territory this morning at about five o'clock in the morning (0200 GMT)," Hanitra Razafimanantsoa, the former leader's lawyer, told AFP.Her husband is barred from returning and has been in exile in South Africa since being forced from power in 2009.The couple have tried unsuccessfully several times to return to Madagascar, with authorities believing that their return could spark unrest.The </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130312/ousted-madagascar-leaders-wife-allowed-return-home" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Madagascar Merina people AFP Tue, 12 Mar 2013 10:45:49 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5780515 at http://www.globalpost.com Wife of Madagascar's ex-leader tapped for presidential bid http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130416/wife-madagascars-ex-leader-tapped-presidential-bid <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>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.</p> <p>Lalao Ravalomanana was picked as the candidate of her husband's political party at a weekend meeting, party officials said Monday.</p> <p>"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.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130416/wife-madagascars-ex-leader-tapped-presidential-bid" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Madagascar Merina people AFP Tue, 16 Apr 2013 12:17:58 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5817239 at http://www.globalpost.com Didier Ratsiraka back in Madagascar, ends 11-year exile http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130418/didier-ratsiraka-back-madagascar-ends-11-year-exile <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Madagascar's former president Didier Ratsiraka returned home from France on Thursday, ending an 11-year exile that followed a bitter election dispute.</p> <p>The 76-year-old ex-leader expressed a "sense of relief and happiness" to be back.</p> <p>"It has been 11 years that I have not been here," he said in brief remarks to reporters at the airport before being driven away to attend a national reconciliation conference.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130418/didier-ratsiraka-back-madagascar-ends-11-year-exile" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Didier Ratsiraka Madagascar Malagasy people AFP Thu, 18 Apr 2013 09:16:03 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5819117 at http://www.globalpost.com Didier Ratsiraka back in Madagascar, ends 11-year exile http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130418/didier-ratsiraka-back-madagascar-ends-11-year-exile-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Madagascar's former president Didier Ratsiraka returned home from France on Thursday, ending an 11-year exile that followed a bitter election dispute.</p> <p>The 76-year-old is taking part in a national reconciliation conference ahead of polls set for July that aim to break the island's long-running political crisis.</p> <p>"Everything must be discussed, everything can be discussed, without taboo," he told AFP in an interview, saying this included postponement of the election.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130418/didier-ratsiraka-back-madagascar-ends-11-year-exile-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Didier Ratsiraka Madagascar Malagasy people AFP Thu, 18 Apr 2013 22:00:37 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5819752 at http://www.globalpost.com Wife of ousted Madagascar leader bids for presidency http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130425/wife-ousted-madagascar-leader-bids-presidency <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The wife of ousted Madagascar president Marc Ravalomanana on Thursday filed papers to run in July's presidential elections, the latest twist in a long-running political crisis in the island nation.</p> <p>Lalao Ravalomanana submitted the documents amid applause from hundreds of supporters of her husband's former ruling party, who gathered outside the electoral commission offices.</p> <p>"We thank God that we have finally filed the candidature papers," she said accompanied by her son Tojo and party officials.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130425/wife-ousted-madagascar-leader-bids-presidency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Madagascar Merina people AFP Thu, 25 Apr 2013 15:46:15 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5825187 at http://www.globalpost.com Ex-Madagascar leader to run in July elections http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130427/ex-madagascar-leader-run-july-elections <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Madagascar's ex-president Didier Ratsiraka will stand in July's presidential elections, a source close to the former leader said on Saturday, two days after he returned from an 11-year exile in France.</p> <p>The 76-year-old "sent a proxy to declare his candidacy officially" for the elections on July 24, said the source.</p> <p>Nicknamed "Deba", the Malagasy word for "boss" or "bad guy", Ratsiraka was in power from 1975 to 1993 and again from 1997 to 2002.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130427/ex-madagascar-leader-run-july-elections" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Didier Ratsiraka Madagascar Malagasy people AFP Sat, 27 Apr 2013 19:15:37 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5826810 at http://www.globalpost.com Madagascar strongman registers for election http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130503/madagascar-strongman-registers-election <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Madagascar's president Andry Rajoelina has registered as a candidate for upcoming elections, documents showed Friday, despite an earlier vow to step aside in a bid to end the island's political crisis.</p> <p>A list of presidential candidates published by the Special Electorial Court showed Rajoelina, who came to power in a 2009 coup, among the 41 approved candidates for the July 24 vote.</p> <p>In January the 38-year-old former disc jockey said he would step back from the race, as a way of breaking Madagascar's crippling political deadlock.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130503/madagascar-strongman-registers-election" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Madagascar Merina people AFP Fri, 03 May 2013 16:46:11 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5830547 at http://www.globalpost.com Madagascar strongman reneges on vow not to run for election http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130503/madagascar-strongman-reneges-vow-not-run-election <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>President Andry Rajoelina shocked Madagascar by registering as a candidate for upcoming elections, documents revealed, despite an earlier vow to step aside in a bid to end the island's political crisis.</p> <p>A list of presidential candidates published by the Special Electorial Court showed the interim leader, who came to power in a 2009 coup, among the 41 approved candidates for the July 24 vote.</p> <p>In January the 38-year-old former disc jockey said he would step back from the race, as a way of breaking Madagascar's crippling political deadlock.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130503/madagascar-strongman-reneges-vow-not-run-election" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Madagascar Malagasy people Technology AFP Fri, 03 May 2013 20:45:07 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5830672 at http://www.globalpost.com Madagascar strongman renages on vow not to run for election http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130503/madagascar-strongman-renages-vow-not-run-election <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>President Andry Rajoelina shocked Madagascar by registering as a candidate for upcoming elections, documents revealed, despite an earlier vow to step aside in a bid to end the island's political crisis.</p> <p>A list of presidential candidates published by the Special Electorial Court showed the interim leader, who came to power in a 2009 coup, among the 41 approved candidates for the July 24 vote.</p> <p>In January the 38-year-old former disc jockey said he would step back from the race, as a way of breaking Madagascar's crippling political deadlock.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130503/madagascar-strongman-renages-vow-not-run-election" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Madagascar Malagasy people Technology AFP Sat, 04 May 2013 01:30:35 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5830788 at http://www.globalpost.com Madagascar candidates question electoral panel's independence http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130504/madagascar-candidates-question-electoral-panels-independence <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Presidential hopefuls in Madagascar on Saturday questioned the independence of the country's electoral commission after it approved the candidacy of transitional leader Andry Rajoelina, who had vowed not to run in the July polls.</p> <p>Rolland Ratsiraka slammed what he called a "flagrant violation of the law (and) a lack of independence" after the Special Electoral Court (SEC) approved Rajoelina's candidacy.</p> <p>The interim leader, a 38-year-old former disc jockey, came to power in a 2009 coup in which he ousted his arch-rival Marc Ravalomanana.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130504/madagascar-candidates-question-electoral-panels-independence" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Madagascar Malagasy people AFP Sat, 04 May 2013 22:15:46 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5831111 at http://www.globalpost.com