Tensions high ahead of poll verdict
Publish date: 07 January 2019
Issue Number: 805
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Hundreds of supporters of the losing Madagascar presidential candidate are staging daily vigils over the election result ahead of a court verdict reviewing the vote. Former President Marc Ravalomanana was defeated on 19 December by Andry Rajoelina, another former leader, who won nearly 56% of a run-off vote. A report on the News24 site notes that the 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 tomorrow (Tuesday). ‘The message is that we will not stop until the truth is restored,’ said Hanitra Razafimanantsoa, a lawmaker with Ravalomanana's TIM party.