Since Andry Rajoelina took power last month, Madagascar is no longer front page news. The conflict, however, is not over and supporters of exiled president Marc Ravalomanana continue to demonstrate. One of our Observers there tells us how the government is trying to put a stop to the movement.
Ousted president Marc Ravalomanana named, from his exile in Swaziland, a ‘legal' prime minister, Manandafy Rakotonirina. The latter set up his headquarters in one of the capital's best hotels and got ready to appoint the government. He was arrested on Wednesday night, along with others from the Ravalomanana movement.
The measure was taken in the hope of discouraging the protest movement, which continues to foster the 'legalists' and battle against the forces of order.
Video posted on Topmada.
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"This is Madagascar, where everything changes very quickly"
Pascal Kryl works in advertising in Antananarivo, Madagascar.
Today everything's calm - I've been for a walk in the town and there are no gatherings. The ‘legalists' can't protest anymore anyway. The army's blocking access to Democracy Place where they usually meet. The new government's said that, from now on, nobody can demonstrate without their authorisation. It is indeed ironic to think that Rajoelina's supporters were organising non-authorised gatherings in the months before he took power.
With this ban and the arrest of Ravalomanana's prime minister, you might think that the crisis has had a stop put to it. Don't be so sure - this is Madagascar, where everything changes very quickly. Remember that a week before Andry Rajoelina took power, we thought he'd lost... The ousted president still has support within the army; even if those people try to show that they're united, it doesn't mean that they wouldn't accept him back into power."