ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Madagascar's special electoral court says it has removed the country's incumbent president, the wife of his longtime rival and a former president from its list of presidential candidates.
The Special Electoral Court canceled the candidacy of President Andry Rajoelina and Lalao Ravalomanana, who is the wife of Marc Ravalomanana, the leader that Rajoelina overthrew in 2009. Former president Didier Ratsiraka was also removed from the list on Saturday.
The court said neither Ravalomanana nor Ratsiraka met the physical residence requirements for candidacy of living in the country for six months and that Rajoelina's filing for candidacy did not occur during the statutory period.
The island of 20 million people has been in political turmoil since former disc jockey Rajoelina seized power.
The presidential election is scheduled for Aug. 23.