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Big Debate in Madagascar: Who Will be The Next Elected President? – Part I –

In Elections, French, Politics, Society, Uncategorized on January 14, 2014 at 2:40 am

Madagascar’s Fate Still Questionable

BBC Radyo – Published on Jan 3, 2014

Finally, after so many tribulations, and last minute controversies Madagascar is facing presidential elections. Better yet, Madagascar is at the presidential debate stage. My Memory may be faulty but I do not recall many presidential debates in Madagascar. There were a lot of “propagandas” through all imaginable media, but debates? No. At least, not real debates. Candidates made their big selling speeches, and Ratsiraka used to make mind-blowing presentations. Madagascar would talk about it for weeks, months in a row, and years afterwards…

So, no matter the content and outcome, it is refreshing to see that voters get to see candidates interact in a public forum on subjects of the country’s interest. The first round of debates for this election was among five candidates on five different platforms (?) in mid October. Five candidates debating over 33 for three hours was a prelude to this Island Nation’s way out of overwhelming misery.

viva mada-Published on Sep 24, 2013

Now, three debates after and down to two final candidates, Madagascar is still to hear about what could make one of them the winner. Local press is amazing: at least apparently in search for impartiality, most lack content and analysis. Others strongly reflect their patronage or impartiality. What is the press to do? Lack of information is another form of plague in Madagascar.

There are lots of controversy about the leading candidate. He is a French citizen, and socialist. He would have served the French Socialist party “during his youth”! Ah! Similar to “Obama is not American” maybe. He is sponsored or supported by Ravalomanana who has always been overtly anti-French, and pro-American. That would be the tricky part, according to observers. Robinson claims that he is a man of his own. That is always true of any politician until conflicting allegiances become very pressing. Interesting enough at the second presidential debate, he pushed for a “shared” (with France) overseeing of Madagascar Islands. Ratsiraka was quite protective on the subject. Evidently, France seems to be wanting to secure a stronghold in the Indian Ocean area.

According to RFI, the latest debate addressed social and economic issues: gas and subsidies, green approach, ag. education. The presidential election is set for December 20th, along with the legislatives.

At the latest news and interesting enough, and maybe reassuring to all, the European Union (EU) is sending 130 observers, according to CRI. They are to ensure a lawful process and  present a preliminary report 48h after the elections. Observers from the EU include long-term as well as court-terms ones. As for the International Organization of Francophonie (OIF), it has sent 30 electoral experts to be disseminated in 12 regions, reports the Malaysian National News Agency Bernama.

Today, as an update, elections are over, both Presidential and Legislatives. And both – unofficial – results predict that Rajoelina’s camp has won. There are lots of controversies, as usual.

In Madagascar, in the law of “Dadaism” ( this has nothing to do with Ravalomanana) nothing is created, nothing is lost, all is circumvented by the rules of “shape shifters”.

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