MADAGASCAR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS 7 November
The final event on the African presidential election agenda promises to be a challenging one, with a record 36 candidates, including current president Hery Rajaonarimampianina (pictured), in the race for the top spot. Three former presidents will also be running, including Didier Ratsiraka, an 82-year old naval officer who ruled Madagascar in 1975-1993 and 19972002, and Marc Ravolamanana, who was overthrown in a 2009 coup. In early September, Ratsiraka questioned the legality of the electoral process and urged the authorities to postpone this year’s presidential vote. The poll is also set to become something of a family affair as relatives go head-to-head: Ratsiraka against his nephew, former tourism minister Roland Ratsiraka; and the two competing grandchildren of former pre s i dent Phi l i ber t Ts i r a nana, Philippe Tsiranana and Eliana Bezaza.