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Vol 52 No 1

Published 7th January 2011


Madagascar

A permanent putsch

Foreigners disapprove but Andry TGV Rajoelina wants to be president and the voters may agree

He has not announced that he is standing but transitional leader Andry Rajoelina is on the campaign trail for the presidential and legislative polls that are due by midyear. He keeps quiet about his intentions for fear of further antagonising the African Union and the United Nations, which dislike the way he took power with army support in March 2009 (AC Vol 50 No 6). For months, he has been touring the country, launching local projects and schemes that emphasise historical nationalism. The question is who else will get the chance to challenge and will the world recognise the result?

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