Before the end of 2023, Madagascar will witness an important event for the future of the country in general, given that the Malagasy presidential election of 2023 takes place on November 9 and December 20, 2023 in order to elect the president of the Republic of Madagascar.
This important event still worries public opinion. However, according to confidential documents, the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) does not have enough budget to finance the elections in the country.
The financial inability prompted the CENI to seek assistance from the international community, such as France, the United Nations, the European Union, Japan, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
In addition, the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) was asked to cover part of the election costs, but it is clear that the international community has a huge interest in financing the presidential elections in Madagascar.
Indeed, the list of candidates for the presidential race of November 2023 has already been closed. First, the President of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina, is seeking re-election for a new term. Two former heads of state of the island, Marc Ravalomanana and Hery Rajoanairmampianina, will also be there. Also, former judoka Siteny Randrianasoloniaiko shows will run against politicians.
Informations on the participation in the elections of Maminiaina Ravatomanga, a leading Malagasy businessman and owner of the Sodiat group, are interesting. Maminiaina Ravatomanga is considered an unofficial adviser to current President Andry Rajoelina. But internet rumors indicate that their relationship is far from friendly.
According to reports that spread on social media in 2021, relations between Andry Rajoelina and Maminiaina Ravatomanga were strained. This disagreement was triggered by the arrest and conviction of one of the relatives of Ravatomanga’s partners, according to Africa Intelligence.
Recent reports indicate that Maminiaina Ravatomanga’s campaign team has set up a program that he will use in his presidential campaign. For example, they describe the problems of the Malagasy economy and the proposed solutions.
This program rightly affirms the “economic incompetence” of the leaders of Madagascar which has caused a considerable increase in poverty in Malagasy society.
Maminiaina Ravatomanga will undoubtedly be a strong competitor for politicians who have already announced their candidacy, due to his extensive experience in this field and the various connections he has.
Therefore, it is quite possible that the presidential elections in Madagascar scheduled for the end of 2023 will make the political situation more tense in the coming months due to the competition between the two candidates in the elections.