Madagascar's transitional leader, Andry Rajoelina. File photo: AFP
Madagascar's transitional leader, Andry Rajoelina. File photo: AFP

EU to send 100 observers to Madagascar

By SAPA Time of article published Sep 17, 2013

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Antananarivo - The European Union will post 100 election observers to upcoming presidential elections in Madagascar, an envoy said Tuesday.

Leonidas Tezapsidis, the EU ambassador to Antananarivo, told AFP an advance team would arrive next week and the rest of the group start deploying from the end of this month.

The island of 22 million people holds presidential polls on October 25.

Madagascar was plunged into a protracted crisis when former disc jockey and Antananarivo mayor Andry Rajoelina ousted president Marc Ravalomanana in an army-backed coup four years ago.

Since then the country has been mired in a political crisis that has put a damper on the economy and drove most of the people deeper into poverty.

After the presidential polls, a parliamentary vote will follow on December 20, along with a second presidential round if the October election does not deliver an outright winner.

The new dates were reached following two earlier postponements amid a lack of funding and controversy over the candidacies of three leading contenders.

Sapa-AFP

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