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Madagascar Postpones Parliamentary Elections

Source: L'Express de Madagascar (Antananarivo)
Posted on Monday, January 10, 2011

Madagascar's Conseil du Gouvernement has reached an agreement with all major parties to postpone, sine die, the upcoming March 16, 2011, parliamentary elections.

Late last year (2010-12-20), the date for the upcoming parliamentary elections had been set to Wednesday, March 16, 2011, a date that was expected to be declared as a one-off public holiday in Madagascar.

Although the official list of 2011 public holidays in Madagascar have not yet been announced, last year's "Décret fixant la liste des jours fériés au titre de l'année 2010" (2010-01-20) stipulated that the dates of elections shall also be public holidays ("sont déclarées également fériées, chômées et payées les journées auxquelles se tiendront des élections") and this was extended to cover the date of the recent referendum on the new constitution (2010-11-18) and the date of the promulgation of the new constitution (2010-12-10).

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