Madagascar: Rajoelina Assumes Power

March 18, 2009

The presidency of Madagascar was handed over to former Antananarivo mayor Andry Rajoelina after the ousting of Marc Ravalomanana in a bloodless coup.  The military, assuming power after two weeks of street protests, handed the position to Rajoelina, who today received the official backing of Madagascar’s supreme court.  Despite the show of support from the military and judicial branches, Madagascar faces suspension from the African Union for the illigetimacy of Rajoelina’s assumption of power.  According to the African Union charter, coups or unconstitutional changes in government are grounds for suspension, which the AU Commission Chairman, Jean Ping, warned the military of prior to its actions.  Ravalomanana, charged with the misuse of government funds, has stepped down from his position and seems to be in hiding.

Timeline of events.


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