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Vol 55 No 2

Published 24th January 2014


Madagascar

Coup legacy lingers

Everyone hoped the elections would heal divisions and allow the country to move on but it may not be that simple

The final election victory of Hery Rajaonarimampianina is unlikely to provide Madagascar with the healing new start that everyone had hoped for. The chronic instability since the March 2009 coup will last a while longer. Rajaonarimampianina was the nominee of coup leader Andry Rajoelina and he won very narrowly, which does not augur well for political stability. His rival, Jean-Louis Robinson, is crying foul. Robinson was the candidate backed by ex-President Marc Ravalomanana, who was ousted in the 2009 coup. His team claims that there is ample evidence of vote-rigging and it is contesting the results.

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