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Madagascar to hold election in attempt to end political deadlock and recover foreign aid
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, October 24, 2013 2:02 PM EDT
Madagascar will hold elections on Friday that organizers hope will end political tensions that erupted in a 2009 coup and will help lift the aid-dependent country out of poverty.
Since then, Madagascar has been suspended from both the African Union and the regional group, the Southern African Development Community, or SADC.
A total of 33 candidates will participate in the election. Rajoelina and several key political figures have been barred from running in this race, as part of the plan to resolve the political crisis.
United Nations officials say Madagascar lost much-needed foreign aid because of sanctions imposed after the coup.