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Madagascar: The United States maintains an electoral process that accepts all legitimate candidates fulfilling the legal conditions and chosen by the Special Electoral Commission




Madagascar: The United States maintains an electoral process that accepts all legitimate candidates fulfilling the legal conditions and chosen by the Special Electoral Commission
The position of the United States in the Malagasy political crisis could stir up trouble in the international community who had previously demanded the immediate withdrawal of three candidates (Didier Ratsiraka, Ravalomanana and Andry Rajoelina Lalao) accepted by the Special Electoral Commission (CES) and published on May 3.
 
The other members of the international community, through the European Union, SADC or the Council for Peace and Security of the African Union (AU-PSC) and France consider illegal the three candidates and this, according to the Law on the Malagasy presidential election compared to the deadline for application (excluding time for Andry Rajoelina) or legal residence period in Madagascar than 6 months before the poll (Lalao Ravalomanana returned to the country in March and Didier Ratsiraka in mid-April).

The recent official discourse of Eric Wong, charge d'affaires of the Embassy of the United States during the National Day of American Independence July 4 is broadly exposed against positions taken by other countries in the international community.
 
"The repeated crises in Madagascar are often born of contested elections, when key stakeholders feel excluded from the process ... The United States maintains an electoral process that accepts any candidate filling legitimate and fair manner the statutory conditions for candidate, as provided by the laws in force in Madagascar, and in accordance with the spirit and letter of the Roadmap of SADC", said Eric Wong before an invited audience, as related by the newspaper Express of Madagascar.

However, Eric Wong said the support of the United States in search of a solution led by the International Contact Group for Madagascar (ICG-M) on the current Malagasy political crisis and "the SADC's efforts to find a solution credible and inclusive political crisis in Madagascar".
 
For its part, the international community has refused to recognize the results of the next election if the three controversial candidates were maintained.
 
For Eric Wong, charge d'affaires of the Embassy of the United States, "the United States will not prejudge any election", indicating that the United States supports "the right of the Malagasy people to choose their leader in a free election, fair and credible".



Antso Rajaona


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