1000’s of opposition supporters took to the streets within the capital of Madagascar on Saturday to protest in opposition to the victory of former president Andry Rajoelina in final week’s elections.
Round 2 000 supporters of defeated candidate Marc Ravalomanana gathered within the Might 13 Sq. within the coronary heart of Antananarivo, demanding a recount of the vote within the Indian Ocean island state.
The protest, the primary in a sequence of deliberate demonstrations, got here because the nation’s prime courtroom evaluations a petition filed by Ravalomanana difficult Rajoelina’s win due to fraud allegations.
Opposition lawmaker Hanitra Razafimanantsoa, advised the group gathered within the sq. that if there’s a vote recount “you can see that our candidate Marc Ravalomanana received this election”.
Supporters of Ravalomanana, who got here second within the December 19 run-off, are planning to stage each day protests within the sq., till the Excessive Constitutional Courtroom formally pronounces the winner.
“We are going to come right here day by day, from January 2 2019”, till the HCC finalises the case, vowed Razafimanantsoa.
The courtroom has till January 7 to formally title the brand new president after it has reviewed the petition.
Early this 12 months, lots of of each Ravalomanana and Rajoelina’s supporters occupied the identical central sq. for weeks protesting electoral laws which they’d mentioned was crafted to bar their candidates from collaborating within the elections.
The Constitutional Courtroom ordered the then president Hery Rajaonarimampianina to kind a authorities of nationwide unity and to call a consensus prime minister in a bid to finish the political disaster sparked by controversial electoral reforms.
Outcomes revealed by the electoral fee on Thursday confirmed that Rajoelina had received 55.66% of the vote in opposition to 44.34% for Ravalomanana.
Ravalomanana instantly went to courtroom problem the outcomes complaining about lacking serial numbers on some ballots, amongst different allegations of fraud and irregularities.
In an announcement on Friday, Ravalomanana’s get together alleged that “a number of hundred grave anomalies have been recognized” and mentioning amongst different examples, poll field stuffing and use of non-compliant voting supplies.
It known as on the individuals of Madagascar “to defend their selection and struggle in opposition to fraud”.
On the sq., protesters held placards calling for the disqualification of Rajoelina and denouncing “corruption” and “fraud”.
“Any electoral fraud is a critical crime” learn one placard inscribed in pink.
The 2 former presidents had been each banned from working in a 2013 election as a part of an settlement to finish recurring crises which have rocked Madagascar because it gained independence from France in 1960.
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