Former Madagascar President Marc Ravalomanana told Reuters on Saturday that he was injured throughout a rally in opposition to the incumbent president Andry Rajoelina’s re-election bid. Ravalomanana posted a photograph of the bleeding damage on his left leg on Fb. The damage is alleged to have occurred when police used tear fuel to disperse his supporters in the course of the march.
Presidential candidate Jean Brunelle, one in every of eleven Presidential candidates on the protest, said to AFP, “They choked us with tear fuel. We had been within the frontline… and so they simply fired identical to that, with out warning.”
The protestors took to the streets in opposition to the Madagascar Constitutional Courtroom’s decision to permit Rajoelina at hand over energy to Prime Minister Christian Ntsay as an alternative of the nation’s Senate president forward of the November election. Moreover, the protestors demanded that Rajoelina be disqualified from operating, alleging he isn’t a Madagascar citizen.
In keeping with Malagasy law, an grownup citizen who freely seeks and obtains international citizenship shouldn’t be constitutionally eligible to run for president. Rajoelina obtained French citizenship in 2014, which, based on the 11 presidential candidates, precludes him from operating.
Madagascar’s authorities beforehand prohibited public protests in April. In July, the state apprehended two opposition leaders who had been collaborating in demonstrations in Antananarivo, the nation’s capital. These demonstrations sought higher residing and financial circumstances for the individuals. Riot police have been deploying tear fuel to drive away demonstrators since October 2nd. The police have but to make a press release on the topic.
In response, Roland Ratsiraka, one other presidential contender informed a press convention that the peaceable protests will proceed and that one other march will happen on Monday.