With Elections Looming, Madagascar’s Political Tensions Are Boiling Over

Madagascar’s president, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, at a meeting in Beijing during a visit to China, March 27, 2017 (AP photo by Lintao Zhang).
Madagascar’s president, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, at a meeting in Beijing during a visit to China, March 27, 2017 (AP photo by Lintao Zhang).

Five years after emerging from its last political crisis, the island nation of Madagascar has once again entered a period of heightened tensions, this time over new electoral laws passed in the run-up to elections later this year. The current impasse is driven by familiar underlying factors, but it also features new fault lines and surprising alliances. In an email interview, Cornelia Tremann, an expert on Madagascar’s politics of development and the country’s relations with China, discusses what is behind the current standoff and the role outside actors might play in mediating it. World Politics Review: What is the proximate […]

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