Merina people http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/26233/all en Madagascar leader says will not run in vote, offers fresh start http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/madagascar-leader-says-will-not-run-vote-offers-fresh-start <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Impoverished island in crisis since 2009 coup</p> <p>* Regional powers pressed Rajoelina not to stand</p> <p>* Ousted Ravalomanana has already opted out</p> <p>* Hopes to rebuild tourism, bring back investors</p> <p>By Alain Iloniaina</p> <p>ANTANANARIVO, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Madagascar's president Andry Rajoelina said on Tuesday he would not run in May elections, bowing to international pressure to give the island nation a fresh start after the coup that brought him to power.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/madagascar-leader-says-will-not-run-vote-offers-fresh-start" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Madagascar Merina people Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 15 Jan 2013 20:45:04 +0000 5735007 at http://www.globalpost.com Madagascar presidential vote delayed to July 24 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/madagascar-presidential-vote-delayed-july-24 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Madagascar's crunch presidential elections expected to end a long-running political crisis sparked by a 2009 coup has been postponed by more than two months, the electoral agency announced Tuesday.</p> <p>"Operational difficulties" prompted the decision to move the vote from May 8 to July 24, the electoral commission said in a statement. A second round, if necessary, will be held on September 25, it said.</p> <p>The United Nations, which is providing technical support for the polls, endorsed the postponement.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/madagascar-presidential-vote-delayed-july-24" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Madagascar Merina people AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 16:46:13 +0000 5746601 at http://www.globalpost.com S.African court throws out Ravalomanana passport appeal http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/safrican-court-throws-out-ravalomanana-passport-appeal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>South Africa's highest court has rejected a final appeal by ousted Madagascan president Marc Ravalomanana to have his passport returned, it said in a statement.</p> <p>"The Constitutional Court has considered the application for leave to appeal. It has concluded that it is not in the interest of justice to hear the matter at this stage," the court said in an order issued on Monday.</p> <p>"The application for leave to appeal is dismissed."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/safrican-court-throws-out-ravalomanana-passport-appeal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Madagascar Marc Ravalomanana Merina people AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 18:00:48 +0000 5746686 at http://www.globalpost.com Madagascar delays presidential vote to July http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/madagascar-delays-presidential-vote-july <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Madagascar said on Tuesday it has delayed by more than two months a presidential election aimed at ending a long-running political crisis on the Indian Ocean island.</p> <p>The vote has been moved to July 24 from May 8 because of "operational difficulties", the electoral commission said in a statement.</p> <p>At a second round will be held on September 25 if necessary, on the same day as the legislative elections are scheduled.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/madagascar-delays-presidential-vote-july" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Madagascar Merina people Technology AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 18:16:21 +0000 5746704 at http://www.globalpost.com Madagascar blocks return of ousted leader's wife http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130302/madagascar-blocks-return-ousted-leaders-wife <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Madagascar has blocked the wife of ousted leader Marc Ravalomanana from returning from exile in South Africa to visit his sick mother, an official in the ex-president's party said Saturday.</p> <p>Lalao Ravalomanana, who has been living with her husband in South Africa since his ouster in 2009, tried to board a flight operated by South African company Airlink, said Hanitra Razafimanatsoa, a senior official in Ravalomanana's party.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130302/madagascar-blocks-return-ousted-leaders-wife" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Madagascar Merina people AFP Sat, 02 Mar 2013 20:30:25 +0000 5771824 at http://www.globalpost.com Ousted Madagascar leader's wife allowed to return home http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130312/ousted-madagascar-leaders-wife-allowed-return-home <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The wife of ousted Madagascar leader Marc Ravalomanana returned home Tuesday after her exiled husband's political rival granted her permission to visit her sick mother."Lalao Ravalomanana arrived on Malagasy territory this morning at about five o'clock in the morning (0200 GMT)," Hanitra Razafimanantsoa, the former leader's lawyer, told AFP.Her husband is barred from returning and has been in exile in South Africa since being forced from power in 2009.The couple have tried unsuccessfully several times to return to Madagascar, with authorities believing that their return could spark unrest.The </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130312/ousted-madagascar-leaders-wife-allowed-return-home" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Madagascar Merina people AFP Tue, 12 Mar 2013 10:45:49 +0000 5780515 at http://www.globalpost.com Wife of Madagascar's ex-leader tapped for presidential bid http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130416/wife-madagascars-ex-leader-tapped-presidential-bid <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The wife of ousted leader Marc Ravalomanana has been named presidential candidate in Madagascar's elections due in July, the former ruling party has announced.</p> <p>Lalao Ravalomanana was picked as the candidate of her husband's political party at a weekend meeting, party officials said Monday.</p> <p>"It was absolutely a natural consensus between members of the Ravalomanana Movement and (ex)-president Ravalomanana," Mamy Rakotoarivelo, a representative of the party told AFP.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130416/wife-madagascars-ex-leader-tapped-presidential-bid" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Madagascar Merina people AFP Tue, 16 Apr 2013 12:17:58 +0000 5817239 at http://www.globalpost.com Madagascar crooks demand ransom for 'wrong' hostage http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130417/madagascar-crooks-demand-ransom-wrong-hostage <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Kidnappers in Madagascar are demanding $320,000 to free a French hostage, despite admitting they had intended to snatch his colleague, police said Wednesday.</p> <p>Francois Raphael, director of construction firm Henri Fraise, was kidnapped from his car by four balaclava-clad men armed with a Kalashnikov and an automatic pistol on Monday evening.</p> <p>The kidnappers contacted his wife on Tuesday and apologised, saying they had wanted to kidnap the company's chairman who is currently in New York.</p> <p>But the gang is still seeking a ransom for his release.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130417/madagascar-crooks-demand-ransom-wrong-hostage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Marc Ravalomanana Merina people AFP Wed, 17 Apr 2013 15:02:01 +0000 5818396 at http://www.globalpost.com Wife of ousted Madagascar leader bids for presidency http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130425/wife-ousted-madagascar-leader-bids-presidency <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The wife of ousted Madagascar president Marc Ravalomanana on Thursday filed papers to run in July's presidential elections, the latest twist in a long-running political crisis in the island nation.</p> <p>Lalao Ravalomanana submitted the documents amid applause from hundreds of supporters of her husband's former ruling party, who gathered outside the electoral commission offices.</p> <p>"We thank God that we have finally filed the candidature papers," she said accompanied by her son Tojo and party officials.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130425/wife-ousted-madagascar-leader-bids-presidency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Madagascar Merina people AFP Thu, 25 Apr 2013 15:46:15 +0000 5825187 at http://www.globalpost.com Madagascar strongman registers for election http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130503/madagascar-strongman-registers-election <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Madagascar's president Andry Rajoelina has registered as a candidate for upcoming elections, documents showed Friday, despite an earlier vow to step aside in a bid to end the island's political crisis.</p> <p>A list of presidential candidates published by the Special Electorial Court showed Rajoelina, who came to power in a 2009 coup, among the 41 approved candidates for the July 24 vote.</p> <p>In January the 38-year-old former disc jockey said he would step back from the race, as a way of breaking Madagascar's crippling political deadlock.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130503/madagascar-strongman-registers-election" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Madagascar Merina people AFP Fri, 03 May 2013 16:46:11 +0000 5830547 at http://www.globalpost.com Madagascar president Rajoelina to run in July vote, breaks promise not to http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130507/madagascar-president-rajoelina-run-july-vote-breaks-promise-not <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Alain Iloniana</p> <p>ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) - Madagascar's president Andry Rajoelina will run in July's election, an official list of presidential candidates showed on Friday, reneging on an agreement he would not do so.</p> <p>Rajoelina, who seized power in a coup in 2009, had said in January he would not put his name forward, bowing to pressure from regional powers to stand aside to prevent unrest in this year's vote on the Indian Ocean island.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130507/madagascar-president-rajoelina-run-july-vote-breaks-promise-not" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Andry Rajoelina Madagascar Merina people Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 07 May 2013 15:11:10 +0000 5832628 at http://www.globalpost.com Madagascar election set for July despite mediator's unease http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130507/madagascar-election-set-july-despite-mediators-unease <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Alain Iloniaina</p> <p>ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) - Madagascar will go ahead with a planned presidential election in July, an international mediator said on Sunday, days after the leader of the Indian Ocean island reneged on a promise not to run.</p> <p>Andry Rajoelina, who seized power in a coup in 2009, had said in January he would not put his name forward, bowing to pressure from regional powers to stand aside to prevent unrest in this year's vote.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130507/madagascar-election-set-july-despite-mediators-unease" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Madagascar Merina people Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 07 May 2013 15:11:36 +0000 5832629 at http://www.globalpost.com Madagascar's Rajoelina refuses to withdraw candidacy http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130513/madagascars-rajoelina-refuses-withdraw-candidacy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Madagascar leader Andry Rajoelina has ignored a request by Southern Africa's regional bloc SADC not to run in upcoming elections, saying that it is up to the people whether he should stand for president.</p> <p>"The Malagasy people must be left to decide who they will choose to lead the country. We want an inclusive and non-discriminatory election," Rajoelina told media Monday. It was "not the time" to "create other problems", he said. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130513/madagascars-rajoelina-refuses-withdraw-candidacy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Andry Rajoelina Madagascar Merina people AFP Mon, 13 May 2013 18:47:01 +0000 5836900 at http://www.globalpost.com Regional leaders urge Madgascar's Rajoelina not to run in polls http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130513/regional-leaders-urge-madgascars-rajoelina-not-run-polls <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Southern Africa's regional bloc SADC on Friday urged Madagascar leader Andry Rajoelina not to run in upcoming elections to ensure peace and stability on the troubled island.</p> <p>The presidents of South Africa and Tanzania, Jacob Zuma and Jakaya Kikwete, also called on the wife of Madagascar's ousted leader and an ex-president to pull out of July polls meant to end a four-year political stalemate.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130513/regional-leaders-urge-madgascars-rajoelina-not-run-polls" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Madagascar Merina people AFP Mon, 13 May 2013 20:28:56 +0000 5837052 at http://www.globalpost.com Regional powers urge Madagascar's Rajoelina not to run in polls http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130513/regional-powers-urge-madagascars-rajoelina-not-run-polls <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Southern Africa's regional bloc SADC on Friday urged Madagascar leader Andry Rajoelina not to run in upcoming elections to ensure peace and stability on the troubled island.</p> <p>The presidents of South Africa and Tanzania, Jacob Zuma and Jakaya Kikwete, also called on the wife of Madagascar's ousted leader and an ex-president to pull out of July polls meant to end a four-year political stalemate.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130513/regional-powers-urge-madagascars-rajoelina-not-run-polls" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Madagascar Merina people AFP Mon, 13 May 2013 20:29:50 +0000 5837060 at http://www.globalpost.com