Madagascar leader sets March parliamentary polls


President Andry Rajoelina said Madagascar would hold parliamentary elections on March 20 and told other countries to stop interfering after a succession of internationally-brokered deals with the opposition collapsed.

Madagascar has been rocked by political instability since Rajoelina overthrew the democratically elected former president, Marc Ravalomanana, in a coup in March.

“We ask (the international community) to no longer involve yourselves in our problem. The solution to the crisis will only come from the people through this election,” Rajoelina said in an interview on state television late on Wednesday.

He said the majority party would choose a new prime minister and that the incoming parliament would draw up a new constitution for the Indian Ocean island.

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