As peace returned to the streets of Madagascar’s capital, some residents said they were relieved to have a resolution to months of political uncertainty. Others hoped the new government would improve the livelihood of all the country’s citizens, not just a select few. “It was very tough,” said one resident. “But the people are very happy now because the goal has been achieved and Andry is in his rightful place.”
“I consider that a lot of things have been achieved by the former president but of course he has made a lot of mistakes,” added another. “What we can hope for the future is that this country discovers the merit of real democracy and struggle against corruption. Those are the main points.”
The majority of people in Madagascar earn less than two dollars a day. The new President says one of his first priorities will be to plan anti-poverty programmes, demanded by his supporters.