Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina has submitted his resignation after being officially confirmed as a candidate in the November 9 presidential elections, according to the Constitutional Court.
Madagascar’s constitution requires that a sitting head of state wishing to run for president must first resign, Reuters Africa reports. Rajoelina sent his letter of resignation to the court on Saturday after his candidacy for the elections was confirmed, the High Constitutional Court said in a statement on Saturday evening.
The Senate president is supposed to assume presidential powers when the head of state resigns, but the court said Senate leader Herimanana Razafimahefa refused to take over. The court said presidential power would now be exercised by the government collectively, with the prime minister at its head.
Furthermore, the High Court of Madagascar has published the official list of presidential candidates. Of the 28 candidates, 13 were selected, including Rajoelina and two former presidents Marc Ravalomanana and Hery Rajaonarimampianina.