An electoral court in Madagascar has removed the names of three high-profile presidential contenders
The new electoral court set up last week met to "clean" up the list of 41 candidates approved by its predecessor in May. The other two controversial candidates who have been dropped for the revised list published on the court's website on Saturday were the ousted leader Marc Ravalomanana's wife Lalao, and former president Didier Ratsiraka. The court's move is sure to be welcomed by leaders of the 15-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) meeting for their yearly summit in Malawi, where Madagascar is one of the top agenda items.
All the disqualified aspirants have been given three days to come up with a fresh proposal for their candidacy. Meanwhile, the electoral commission and United Nations experts in the country are working on setting a new election date. Elections were due to have taken place on July 24 but have been postponed indefinitely due to the deadlock.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at eNCA