Madagascar postpones constitutional referendum

Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina on Thursday postponed Saturday’s referendum on changing the constitution to do away with the country’s Senate and give more powers to the regions

The decision to put back the vote which had been due to take part the same day as legislative elections was taken following objections from the highest court

Meanwhile, former head of state and now opposition leader Marc Ravolamana has accused Rajoelina of wanting to change the country’s supreme law against the will of the people. Ravalomanana said there should be one or two months wait after the installation of the National Assembly before such a referendum.

The Indian Ocean island nation’s current consitution was adopted in 2010, under the transition presided over by Rajoelina, after the army overthrew Ravalomanana.