Latest Government Turnover Reflects Madagascar’s Political Volatility

Madagascan President Hery Rajaonarimampianina speaks at a U.N. Climate Summit, Sep. 23, 2014 (U.N. photo by Rick Bajornas).
Madagascan President Hery Rajaonarimampianina speaks at a U.N. Climate Summit, Sep. 23, 2014 (U.N. photo by Rick Bajornas).
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Last month, Solonandrasana Olivier Mahafaly became prime minister of Madagascar after Jean Ravelonarivo resigned, ostensibly, due to disagreements with President Hery Rajaonarimampianina over development policy. In an email interview, Professor Richard R. Marcus, the director of the Global Studies Institute at California State University, Long Beach, discussed politics in Madagascar and the country’s political reconciliation. WPR: What are the reasons behind Madagascan Prime Minister Jean Ravelonarivo’s resignation? Richard Marcus: Ravelonarivo was brought in to perform an impossible role. His predecessor, Roger Kolo, survived only 276 days in office, largely due to his confrontations with President Rajaonarimampianina and his inability to […]

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