Madagascar’s new leader Andry Rajoelina has consolidated his grip on power after getting the backing of the Army.
The maverick former mayor, and ex disc jockey, led weeks of anti-government strikes and prostests forcing the country’s President out of office yesterday. While supporters appear happy there’s growing international criticism because under the country’s constitution Rajoelina aged 34, is too young to be President who has to be at least 40. Now the man claiming to be President says he heads a transitional government and will hold elections in 2 years. The political crisis – which has seen 135 people killed and the tourism industry nose – dive – appears to be easing. The whereabouts of outgoing President Ravalomanana are unknown. It’s unclear whether he is still in Madagascar. The departure of Ravalomana will end the violence for now and soothe concerns of foreign investors in the mining and oil industry Military officers have been guarding the Presidential palace but couldn’t stop looters. Army tanks remain parked outside. The Army is now key to maintaining law and order as Madacascar enters an new era.