Mada­gas­car op­po­si­tion protest ahead of court's vote ver­dict

Observer on Saturday - - News - AFP

Hun­dreds of sup­port­ers of the los­ing Mada­gas­car pres­i­den­tial can­di­date staged a protest in the cap­i­tal An­tana­narivo on Thurs­day, re­ject­ing the elec­tion re­sult ahead of a court ver­dict re­view­ing the vote.

For­mer pres­i­dent Marc Raval­o­manana was de­feated on De­cem­ber 19 by an­other


for­mer leader of the In­dian Ocean is­land, Andry Ra­joelina, who won nearly 56 per cent of a run-off vote. The coun­try's Con­sti­tu­tional Court is re­view­ing a pe­ti­tion filed by Raval­o­manana, who claims the elec­tion was tar­nished by mas­sive fraud.

The court is due to hand down its rul­ing on Jan­uary 8.

"The mes­sage to the court: we will not stop un­til the truth is re­stored," vowed Han­i­tra Razafi­manantsoa, a law­maker from Raval­o­manana's TIM party.

The protesters have vowed to stage daily vig­ils un­til the re­sults are an­nounced next week.

Se­cu­rity forces fired tear­gas to break up a demon­stra­tion on Wed­nes­day by Raval­o­manana’s sup­port­ers.

Raval­o­manana and Ra­joelina, longterm ri­vals, were banned from run­ning in the 2013 elec­tion as part of an agree­ment to end re­cur­ring crises that have rocked Mada­gas­car since it gained in­de­pen­dence from France in 1960.

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