Madagascar’s armed forces refused to rally round an attempted coup by army officers opposed to President Andry Rajoelina , after a referendum on a new constitution that opponents say may be used to extend his rule.
Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina registered as a candidate for elections scheduled for July, four months after saying he won’t run as part of an agreement to help restore political stability in the country.
Madagascar is holding its first presidential vote since former disc jockey Andry Rajoelina took power in a military-backed coup in 2009 that left the nation gripped by international isolation and economic stagnation.
Madagascar takes a step toward returning to democracy and ending its international isolation as voters began casting ballots in the first presidential election since a 2009 military-backed coup stalled the economy.
Madagascar’s former Finance Minister Hery Rajaonarimampianina won the presidential run-off to replace his backer Andry Rajoelina, who came to power in a coup almost five years ago that crippled the economy.