May 20, 2010, midnight
Madagascar (May 14, 2010). Madagascan junta leader Andry RAJOELINA announced last week that he will not run in the country’s next presidential election. In the same televised speech, he also presented a plan for returning Madagascar to constitutional rule. RAJOELINA proposed a national constitutional dialogue to take place in late May. Following this, a referendum will take place on August 12, legislative elections on September 30 and presidential elections on November 26. RAJOELINA took power in March 2009, when military leaders forced the resignation of President Marc RAVALOMANANA.