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Madagascar's ex-president Ravalomanana to run for election in 2018


<p>Former president of Madagascar, Marc Ravalomanana, has confirmed his intention to run for president in 2018.</p> <p>Analysts said the announcement of his candidature was a bit premature as it comes two years before the presidential election.</p> <p>His close aides said this will enable him prepare well for the election.</p> <p>The announcement of the candidature comes at a time when there are reports about plans to introduce age limits to eliminate some candidates.</p> <p>Ravalomanana was overthrown in 2009 and went on exile in South Africa.</p> <p>His departure drew condemnation from the international community and a reduction of financial support as the new government was considered unconstitutional.</p> <p>He was arrested shortly after his return and later released before joining his former party while his wife got elected as Mayor of the capital, Antananarivo.</p> <p><strong><em><span class="caps">AFP</span></em></strong></p>
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