Madagascar leader ro reveal decision

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iol news pic Andry Rajoelina REUTERS Madagascar's president Andry Rajoelina (centre). REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Antanarivo - Madagascar strongman Andry Rajoelina is expected to reveal later on Tuesday whether he intends to run in May's crunch presidential elections, a decision that could help end or prolong the country's political crisis.

Rajolena will “tell the Malagasy people about the decision he has taken with regard the presidential elections that will be held on May 8,” a government statement said.

Rajolena has been under international pressure not to run in the polls, as a way of ending a crippling political crisis that has led to a range of sanctions that have crippled the economy.

The man Rajolena ousted in a military-backed coup in 2009, former president Marc Ravalomanana, has already heeded calls for him not to run in the elections.

Rajolena decision will be broadcast on television at 8:00 pm (1700 GMT). - Sapa-AFP


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