Andry  Rajoelina (Andry TGV)

Andry Rajoelina (Andry TGV)

Former Mayor of Antananarivo (2007-2009)

Date of Birth: 1975

This week's political agreement (see Pointer) enables Andry Rajoelina to consolidate his position as leader of the transitional regime in Madagascar and gives him international recognition. Many remain sceptical about his brand of populism. At 34, Rajoelina is constitutionally too young to be President but his youthful enthusiasm may have helped win support from the young; many older people doubt his political abilities.

Born to a wealthy family on 30 May 1974, Rajoelina was a disc jockey at various clubs in Antananarivo; he soon moved into promotion and then started Viva Radio. Ambition and energy earned him the nickname 'TGV' (train à grande vitesse, France's high speed train).

Rajoelina used these initials in his campaign: Tanora malaGasy Vonona (Determined Malagasy Youth). Elected Mayor of Antananarivo in 2007, Rajoelina saw relations with President Marc Ravalomanana's government quickly sour. It closed Viva Radio after the station broadcast an interview with ex-President Didier Ratsiraka. Street demonstrations followed in the capital and government forces shot over 100 protesters. After weeks of protest, Ravalomanana handed power to the army, paving the way for Rajoelina's provisional government. For now, he has the support of much of the army.

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Hery must make his mark

The leader of the 2009 coup, Andry Rajoelina, conducted the handover ceremony on 24 January, complete with tears, scarves sporting his picture and a giant golden key...

This sly manoeuvre allowed Rajoelina’s Miaraka amin'ny Prézidà Andry Rajoelina (Mapar) electoral alliance to win 53 of Parliament's 151 seats...

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Coup legacy lingers

Rajaonarimampianina was the nominee of coup leader Andry Rajoelina and he won very narrowly, which does not augur well for political stability...

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Election outcome still in the balance

Media coverage was balanced in the newspapers and public broadcast media, but not on private TV channels, where Hery Rajaonarimampianina, the candidate favoured by coup leader Andry Rajoelina and one of two presidential hopefuls from his Tanora malaGasy Vonona (TGV) party, monopolised 39% of the election airtime...

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No princes on the ballot

In August, the Special Electoral Court, the Cour spéciale électorale, disqualified the three highest-profile candidates after they were found to be in breach of electoral law – ex-President Didier Ratsiraka, coup leader Andry Rajoelina and Lalao Ravalomanana, wife of ousted President Marc Ravalomanana (AC Vol 54 No 18, Merry-go-rounds)...

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They included coup leader Andry Rajoelina, ex-President Didier Ratsiraka and Lalao Ravalomanana, wife of ousted President Marc Ravalomanana...

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Rajoelina fends off sanctions with new election law

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 credible elections or face sanctions...

The latest stalemate in Malagasy politics came about when coup leader Andry Rajoelina, former President Didier Ratsiraka and Lalao Ravalomanana, wife of ousted President Marc Ravalomanana, were confirmed as presidential candidates by the Cour Electorale Spéciale (Special Electoral Court, CES) on 3 May...

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Crisis grows as presidential elections delayed again

If coup leader Andry Rajoelina fails to accede to these conditions – as seems likely – he will face international sanctions...

On 23 July, police arrested presidential candidate Laza Razafiarison whose Avotr'i Madagasikara party had organised demonstrations calling for Andry Rajoelina, President of the Haute Autorité de la Transition, to stand down immediately...

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Three too many

However, it was not the number of candidates that caused shock but the fact that Andry Rajoelina, the President of the transitional government, was one of them...

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Secrecy mars ballot deal

Donors may be happy with the delay but transitional leader Andry Rajoelina and his supporters are not...

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Plunder unabated

The Minister of the Environment and Forests, Joseph Randriamiarisoa, was fired last April after he accused Mamy Ravatomanga, a businessman close to President Andry Rajoelina, of involvement in the trade (AC Vol 53 No 14, Rajoelina slows down the train)...

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