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Outgoing Madagascar president and ex-coup leader may seek PM job

ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) - Outgoing president and former coup leader Andry Rajoelina said on Wednesday his coalition won Madagascar's parliamentary election and he raised the possibility of becoming prime minister, which could fan tensions anew with his arch-rival.

Madagascar's Rajoelina refuses to withdraw candidacy

Madagascar leader Andry Rajoelina has ignored a request by Southern Africa's regional bloc SADC not to run in upcoming elections, saying that it is up to the people whether he should stand for president. "The Malagasy people must be left to decide who they will choose to lead the country. We want an inclusive and non-discriminatory election," Rajoelina told media Monday. It was "not the time" to "create other problems", he said.

Madagascar president Rajoelina to run in July vote, breaks promise not to

By Alain Iloniana ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) - Madagascar's president Andry Rajoelina will run in July's election, an official list of presidential candidates showed on Friday, reneging on an agreement he would not do so. Rajoelina, who seized power in a coup in 2009, had said in January he would not put his name forward, bowing to pressure from regional powers to stand aside to prevent unrest in this year's vote on the Indian Ocean island.
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