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 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 presidential candidate Jean Louis Robinson said he’ll cut taxes and take steps to attract foreign investors to help resuscitate economic growth that’s been at a standstill since a coup four years ago.
Madagascan President Andry Rajoelina was removed from a list of candidates for his job before an election this week, along with the wife of ousted leader Marc Ravalomanana and former President Didier Ratsiraka.
The African Union said it may impose sanctions on three presidential candidates in Madagascar if they don’t adhere to demands by the international community to pull out of the race by the end of the month.