ANTANANARIVO, August 1 (Xinhua) -- The Madagascar presidential elections is scheduled to be held on May 8, 2013, the president of the Independent National Election Commission of the transition (CENIT), Attallah Béatrice announced on Wednesday.
The second round of the presidential elections is scheduled for July 3, 2013 with the legislative vote, while the municipal election will take place on Oct. 23, 2013, according to the president of CENIT.
UN experts who visited Madagascar had issued assessment in June, asking the presidential elections should be held from May 2013. CENIT announced in July that they follow the calendar proposed by the UN experts.
Madagascar is in political crisis since March 2009, because of a stalemate between Marc Ravalomanana, who was president at the moment and Andry Rajoelina who was mayor of the capital in the moment. Ravalomanana had to resign in March 2009 and Rajoelina take the power. Days after, Ravalomanana fled out to South Africa.