Parliamentarians in Madagascar allied to former president Marc Ravalomanana’s I love Madagascar (Tiako I Madagasikara: TIM) party told their supporters on 8 June that they should suspend a two-and-a-half-month occupation of the main square in the capital, Antananarivo, and focus on the general election due on 7 November.
The 13 May Square was originally taken over on 21 April by supporters of Ravalomanana and his successor as head of state, former president Andry Rajoelina, who were protesting against a controversial new election law they believed President Hery Rajaonarimampianina intended to use to invalidate their candidacies. After at least two people were killed on the first day, security forces withdrew from the square, leaving it to protesters.
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