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Madagascar

Madagascar

Population: 23.6 mn.
GDP: $11.2 bn.
Debt: $2.85 bn.
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New Premier General Jean Ravelonarivo will be under pressure to deliver better services in 2015, particularly from the corruption-ravaged Jirama electricity company. The new team’s success will depend on keeping sweet the supporters of influential ex-President Marc Ravalomanana while fending off the challenge of former transitional regime leader Andry Rajoelina.

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Hery hangs on

The new President is a prisoner of the past. His predecessors are still immensely influential and want to shape the present

An alliance between former President Marc Ravalomanana and the current President, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, is gathering momentum as church leaders nudge Madagascar's political lea...


Hery must make his mark

The country is back in the international fold but the new President needs to distance himself from his predecessor

At last the island has a new President, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, elected on 20 December with 53.5% of the vote on a 50% turnout (AC Vol 55 No 2, Coup legacy lingers). The leader ...


Coup legacy lingers

Everyone hoped the elections would heal divisions and allow the country to move on but it may not be that simple

The final election victory of Hery Rajaonarimampianina is unlikely to provide Madagascar with the healing new start that everyone had hoped for. The chronic instability since the M...


Election outcome still in the balance

The difficult part is now over and polling passed off without major incident, although a second round of voting may be needed to decide the ultimate winner

Four-and-a-half years of transition finally came to a peaceful conclusion on 25 October when Malagasies went to the polls for the first round of the presidential elections. After p...


No princes on the ballot

Public enthusiasm for the election is running high but questions about the electoral register and campaign finance may undermine its legitimacy

The official start of the presidential election campaign on 24 September has triggered an immediate flurry of activism, even if many Malagasies don’t really believe the long-...


Merry-go-rounds

The date has been set for the first round of the long-awaited presidential election: 25 October. A second round, if needed, and the parliamentary polls follow on 20 December. The n...


Rajoelina fends off sanctions with new election law

Announcing a restructuring of the electoral court and allowing newspapers to hint that he may opt out of the presidential race, Rajoelina has outwitted his rivals and international monitors

The drums were rolling ahead of 31 July, the deadline set by international organisations for Andry Rajoelina, President of the Haute Autorité de la Transition, to organise c...


Crisis grows as presidential elections delayed again

Coup leader Rajoelina's insistence that he must be a candidate has thrown preparations for the presidential elections into chaos

Political tensions and street clashes have been increasing ahead of the 31 July deadline set by the Groupe internationale de contact sur Madagascar (GIC-M), which has set key condi...


Three too many

Three familiar names pop up again on the list of presidential hopefuls

When the Cour spéciale électorale (CES, Special Electoral Court) announced on 3 May the final list of candidates for the presidential poll on 24 July, the number had at least falle...


Secrecy mars ballot deal

Confusion surrounds when, or even if, elections can be held this year but nobody doubts that the public yearns for an end to the political vacuum

Malagasy have been waiting a long time to have their electoral say but on 5 February, the electoral commission postponed the long-awaited presidential election from 8 May to 24 Jul...


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