Madagascar’s highest court has confirmed Andry Rajoelina as the country’s new President. The former maverick mayor and ex-disc jockey, has been parading triumphantly through the capital surrounded by armed soldiers and an adoring crowd
The dramatic developments in Madagascar should end the violence there for now – unrest which has claimed more than a 130 lives. The Army is key to maintaining calm and it appears to be fully behind Rajoelina. But there is international concern the new president maybe flouting the Madagascan constitution, which says its President must be at least 40 years old. He is only 34. Today’s court ruling appears to get around that problem and Rajoelina himself is confident his presidency is secure. He has been telling interviewers he is running a democracy with equal opportunites for all. The country is still on a heightened state of alert especially around buildings such as the Presidential Palace which was attacked by looters. The whereabouts of former President Ravalomanana who resigned yesterday are unknown.