President, rival's wife cut from Madagascar ballots
APANTANANARIVO, Madagascar -- Madagascar's special electoral court has removed the country's incumbent president, the wife of his longtime rival and a former president from its list of presidential candidates, officials said.
August 19, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
The Special Electoral Court canceled the candidacy of President Andry Rajoelina and Lalao Ravalomanana, who is the wife of Marc Ravalomanana, the leader that Rajoelina overthrew in 2009. Former president Didier Ratsiraka was also removed from the list on Saturday.
The court said neither Ravalomanana nor Ratsiraka met the physical residence requirements for candidacy of living in the country for six months. Ratsiraka had fled to France in exile in 2002 and had not lived permanently on the Indian Ocean island since then.