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Vol 51 No 11

Published 28th May 2010


Madagascar

An unconvincing egotist

Putsch leader Andry Rajoelina says he won’t stand in the forthcoming elections – but for some reason no one believes him

Andry Rajoelina, President of the incumbent Haute Autorité de la Transition (HAT), has said that he will not stand in presidential elections later this year but he is determined to set terms for a new constitutional framework, boycotting the deal negotiated with his opponents at talks in Mozambique and Ethiopia last year. The 24 May reshuffle – with General André Lucien Rakotoarimasy now at defence and three other soldiers among the ten new ministers in Prime Minister Camille Vital’s new government – reflects the growing political role of the military. Yet there is no sign that it will bring Madagascar’s transitional regime any closer to the compromise with opposition leaders that might resolve the 18-month political crisis. If anything, the mood is becoming more polarised.

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