FILE In this file photo of Tuesday March 17, 2009 Andry Rajoelina arrives at a rally in Antananarivo, Madagascar. A colonel who supported Rajoelina's takeover last year claimed Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010 that he and other top-ranking officers have taken over the Indian island nation. Rajoelina, the DJ-turned-politician who seized power with military backing last year, had hoped to demonstrate he had the people's support with Wednesday's constitutional referendum. Instead, top officers said they have had enough of Rajoelina, and of the isolation and misery the Indian Ocean island has suffered since they backed his takeover. Rajoelina won't be able to hold onto power long without the military's support. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay-File)

Antanarivo, Madagascar - Madagascar's election commission says the island nation plans to hold its presidential election next year on May 8.

Election commission president Beatrice Attalah said Wednesday that the country will hold a run-off on July 3, 2013, as well as elections for the National Assembly the same day. Attalah said elections for municipal posts will be held October 23, 2013.

The announcement comes while Madagascar's exiled president Marc Ravalomanana remains unable to return home. Rival Andry Rajoelina

toppled Ravalomanana in 2009 and now leads a unity government charged with preparing for next year's elections.

Ravalomanana and Rajoelina held talks in recent days in the Seychelles about allowing the exiled president to return. However, officials in Madagascar deported Ravalomanana's wife to Thailand when she recently flew into the country with a relative. - Sapa-AP