Madagascar’s leader will not run in elections

Andry Rajoelina, the leader of Madagascar has announced that he will not run in elections due to be held later this year.

He stated his reasons as an attempt to end the country’s political crisis. Rajoelina has been pressured to find a solution to the crisis.

At the same time of his announcement not to run as a candidate he announced the planned dates for both the parliamentary and presidential election. The parliamentary elections have been announced for September, with the presidential election following in November.

Rajoelina announced his decision on television saying “I declare in the name of the superior interest of the nation and of the people, my decision not to stand as candidate in the presidential elections for a fourth republic.”

During the crisis Rajoelina has become under more pressure. Aid was cut off by donors and former military allies who backed him during his coup began to turn on him. The African Union have also imposed sanctions on the country.

Madagascar was previously ruled by France. French secretary of state for co-operation Alain Joyandet released a statement saying that it “demonstrated a sense of responsibility”.

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