Madagascar sets 25 October poll date
23 August 2013, 09:37
Antananarivo - Madagascar will hold a much-delayed presidential election on 25 October, organisers said on Thursday, in a vote designed to end a deep political crisis prompted by a coup four years ago.
Parliamentary elections will follow on 20 December, along with a second presidential round if the October vote does not deliver an outright winner, the electoral commission said.
The new dates follow two earlier postponements amid a lack of funding and controversy over three top contenders' candidacies.
An electoral court on Saturday dropped the names of strongman Andry Rajoelina, the wife of his rival, and a former president after the three refused to withdraw from the presidential race.
Rajoelina ousted president Marc Ravalomanana in an army-backed coup in 2009.