Madagascar government and minor parties agree to new election dates

Aug. 11, 2010, midnight

Madagascar's government announced new election dates on Wednesday after negotiations with the country’s minor political parties. The three largest opposition parties, however, boycotted the discussions. Andry RAJOELINA, who ousted President Marc RAVALOMANANA with the assistance of the army, stated that presidential elections will be held in July 2011, and legislative elections in April 2011. The major opposition parties, however, are threatening to sit out any poll not organized by all major parties.

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