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Madagascar Goes to Polls
Source: Bua News
Source Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Focus: Health
Country: South Africa
Created: Nov 17, 2010

The new constitution, if passed, would consolidate Rajoelina's hold on power leading up to elections next year.

It would also lower the minimum age for a presidential candidate from 40 to 35 years old. Rajoelina is 36, but has said he would not be a candidate for the presidency.

The new constitution also would require presidential candidates to live in the country for at least six months prior to the elections. This would in a way block Ravalomanana, who has been in exile since the coup.

 

Negotiators from both SADC and the African Union have mediated a series of power-sharing deals between Rajoelina and the main opposition leaders. However, talks aimed at ending the crisis have failed so far, because the rivals fail to agree on how to share the top posts.

 

In their last meeting in August, SADC agreed that sanctions in that country should continue until the country returns to constitutional normalcy.

 

It remains to be seen if these elections would pave the way for peace in that country. - BuaNews-Xinhua

 

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