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Surprise Candidates for Madagascar Elections

Categories: Sub-Saharan Africa, Madagascar, Breaking News, Citizen Media, Elections, Governance, Politics

Update:  Here is the full list of the 49 candidates [1] [fr] for the presidential elections. It does not include the current president of the transition.

As the deadline to submit candidacies for the Malagasy presidential elections ends today (28/04), a few surprising candidates have allegedly come forth. While the earlier candidates [2] were relatively new to the general public,  a few prominent political players from the past are expected to contest: former president Didier Ratsiraka [3], current president of the transition Andry Rajoelina [fr] [4] and the spouse of former president Ravalomanana, Lalao Ravalomanana [5].