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Original Independence Day back to be Official Holiday. Ramadan added for Muslims

In Culture, Economics, Elections, French, Politics, Society on January 29, 2013 at 7:50 pm


Back to basics: Madagascar is putting October 14th, the country’s original Independence day,  on its 2013 official holidays calendar. By the same token the beginning and the end of the Ramadan are also declared paid holidays for Muslims, according to L’Express de Madagascar. Madagascar has a sizable (estimated at 7%) Muslim population mostly in the North and the SouthEast. This will more than likely appeal to Muslim voters, at the eve of the presidential election which is planned for May 8th of this year. At least one Muslim radio station broadcasts throughout the country and the number of Mosques jumped from 10 to 50 over the last ten years. Have in mind that this is a country that has seven provinces. The official support to Islam began in 1982 under the Ratsiraka regime.

Both Ravalomanana and Rajoelina had to comply with the international pressure of refraining from presidential elections this year. As expected, there are no emerging new figures. Worse; there are strong speculations that both men will endorse a “proxy” of their own choosing . Evidently, this has given Rajoelina the opportunity to prepare himself for the future. In fact he compares himself to Charles de Gaulle, as the “Malagasy equivalent of de Gaulle”.  Only 38 today, he has already announced his candidacy for the 2018 elections.

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