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Vol 50 No 6

Published 20th March 2009


Madagascar

'Andry TGV' takes over

After the crisis that led to 135 deaths and the resignation of President Ravalomanana, the new young chief will have to meet many aspirations

Andry Rajoelina swept into power on the shoulders of rebellious soldiers and his own rhetoric. The High Constitutional Court confirmed him as head of the Haute Autorité de la Transition (High Transitional Authority) on the morning of 18 March. His first task is to forge a broad consensus of political, military and civil society interests around an agenda for the restoration of normality, after a tumultuous seven days during which rank-and-file troops forced the army high command to abandon loyalty to the elected, and now deposed, President Marc Ravalomanana.

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