Madagascar moves forward with government formation, normalizing international relations

Madagascar moves forward with government formation, normalizing international relations

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, April 25 (UPI) -- Madagascar moved closer to normalizing international relations with the appointment of new Prime Minister Roger Kolo.
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Exxon to return to Madagascar after coup

IRVING, Texas, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. energy company Exxon Mobil Corp. said it would return to work off Madagascar four years after a military coup.

Report: Belgian army sold helicopters to firm linked to trafficking

BRUSSELS, April 30 (UPI) -- The Belgian army sold military equipment to a company with suspected links to illegal arms trafficking and money laundering, a newspaper probe has revealed.

Madagascar says it put down mutiny

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, July 22 (UPI) -- Madagascar's military says it has recaptured a military camp taken early Sunday by rebel soldiers.

Rebels attempt coup in Madagascar

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Madagascar's defense ministry has ordered an evacuation of people living near an army barracks occupied by rebels attempting a coup, officials said Friday.

Ban calls for dialogue in Madagascar

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, May 5 (UPI) -- The ongoing violence rooted in a tense political situation in Madagascar has prompted calls from the United Nations to open a dialogue and resolve the crisis.

SADC suspends Madagascar from group

EZULWINI, Swaziland, March 31 (UPI) -- The Southern African Development Community says it has suspended Madagascar for what it calls an unconstitutional change of government this month.

U.N. calls for smooth, peaceful transition

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, March 30 (UPI) -- The United Nations is calling on leaders in Madagascar to open a dialogue and address the root causes of the recent violence in the country.

Madagascar's Rajoelina takes office

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, March 21 (UPI) -- Madagascar's Andry Rajoelina was sworn in Saturday as Africa's youngest president at a ceremony in the Indian Ocean island nation's capital, Antananarivo.

Opposition leader president of Madagascar

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, March 18 (UPI) -- Andry Rajoelina, head of the opposition in Madagascar, was named president Wednesday by military officials under pressure from the ranks.

Madagascan president steps down

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, March 17 (UPI) -- Madagascan President Marc Ravalomanana said Tuesday he is stepping down in the face of mass opposition protests and an armed rebellion.

Madagascar troops storm president's house

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, March 16 (UPI) -- The Madagascar army stormed a residence of President Marc Ravalomanana Monday, hours after an opposition leader called for his arrest, witnesses said.

Ban calls for dialogue in Madagascar

UNITED NATIONS, March 13 (UPI) -- Without high-level talks to address ongoing tensions in Madagascar, the country's stability may be under threat, according to the head of the United Nations.

Leaders seek to tame Madagascar tensions

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Madagascar's president and his chief political rival have agreed to cool political tensions that have led to about 100 deaths in the last month.

Andry Nirina Rajoelina (born May 30, 1974) is a Malagasy politician and television and radio station owner. Rajoelina dissolved Madagascar's parliament, changed the high court judges and swore himself in as transitional head of state of Madagascar on March 21, 2009, having been installed in that position by the military at the end of a political crisis. Rajoelina was Mayor of Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, from December 2007 to February 2009. While serving as Mayor, he strongly opposed President Marc Ravalomanana, ultimately leading protests that, together with military intervention, resulted in Ravalomanana's resignation. He was one of the youngest current heads of state in the world and the youngest head of state in Africa. His position has been challenged in a military coup attempt on 17-18 November 2010.

Rajoelina personal fortune derives from the wealth of his wife's family. The son of a colonel and a high school drop-out, by age 20 Rajoelina was working as a disc jockey in various clubs and bars around Antananarivo. He soon gained prominence after establishing his own radio station, Viva Radio, and a successful advertising company. He earned the nickname "TGV" after the French high-speed train, which he later continued to use as the name of his political movement.

As the head of the movement TGV - Tanora malaGasy Vonona (Determined Malagasy Youth), Rajoelina decided to run for mayor of Antananarivo, the national capital. He faced Hery Rafalimanana, presidential candidate and previous mayor of the city. He did so under the status of President of Special Delegation (PDS), appointed directly by President Marc Ravalomanana. Rajoelina was elected mayor on 12 December 2007 with 63.3% of the vote. He inherited a city heavily indebted.

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