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Vol 58 No 2

Published 20th January 2017


Madagascar

Hery's hard line

The three-cornered fight between the president and his predecessors looks set to continue, and with it yet more instability and conflict

Just when Malagasy politics appeared to be edging towards a more consensual mood, with the last-minute passage of the 2017 budget and a distinctly upbeat December donors' meeting in Paris in which a hefty US$6 billion plus was pledged, the game changed. Supporters of President Hery Rajaonarimampianina decided to raise the stakes. In brushing aside even moderate opposition complaints and imposing a narrow version of amnesty under the supposed 'national reconciliation' process, they risk deepening partisan rivalries and setting Madagascar up for a fresh wave of political confrontation in 2017.

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