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Madagascar: The European Union suspended its funding to the electoral process




Madagascar: The European Union suspended its funding to the electoral process
In the wake of the position of the African Union, which has criticized the candidates for the first round of presidential elections on 24 July, the former president Didier Ratsiraka as well as the wife of former Head of State, lalao Ravalomanana, along with the current president of the Transition, Andry Rajoelina, and which them urge to withdraw from the presidential race, the European Union has decided to take action by sending a strong signal to key stakeholders.
 
The European Union suspended its funding program to support the electoral cycle in Madagascar (PACEM), which amounts to 13 million euro, as indicated, Beatrice Atallah, president of the Independent National Electoral Commission for the transition (CENIT).
 
Beatrice Atallah does not understand that "the international community has waited until we were in the final stretch of the election preparations to make this decision and these measures".
 
The United Nations could also align with the EU position and no longer finance the electoral process initiated in Madagascar to overcome the political crisis that has hit the Big Island since 2009, as related by the site lexpressmada.com.



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