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Qui Sera Le Prochain President Elu? Part II

In Economics, Elections, French, Human Rights, Politics, Society, Uncategorized on January 14, 2014 at 2:53 am

Et Maintenant, Que Madagascar Va-t-elle Faire?

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Les élections sont terminées, les résultats proclamés et remis en question. Que reste-t-il à faire, quels que soient les résultats des complaintes? Il semblerait que Madagascar soit de nouveau dans l’incertitude, et la lassitude de l’insécurité sociale et politique. La logique serait de respecter le processus électoral, démocratique. Mais y-a-t-il encore une logique dans ce pays qui souffre une misère rampante et révoltante? Une chose est certaine: la population veut vivre normalement, décemment. Est-ce tant à demander?

Malheureusement la solution n’était pas dans l’abstention…Ce n’est pas toujours le meilleur choix de laisser les autres gagner par “ne rien dire”. Une voix, un vote fait la différence entre la vie et la mort…Madagascar ne l’a pas encore appris. Le processus démocratique, c’est un long chemin cahoteux

En Prélude au Prochain Post…A Sharp Analysis

The Huffington Post has just published a sharp analysis of the situation in Madagascar. This is the best and most impartial article that I have read for the longest time on the subject…

 

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.

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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”.

Pleure, Madagascar, Pleure….(part I)

In Culture, Economics, Elections, French, From Observateur, Human Rights, L'Observateur Viewpoint- Other Sources, Society, Terror on September 9, 2013 at 7:15 pm

Qu’ y a-t-il encore à dire sur la misère physique, morale, intellectuelle et politique de Madagascar et des Malgaches?

La semaine dernière Nasolo-Valiavo Andriamihaja a tout dit dans la fameuse  Chronique de Vanf de l’Express de Madagascar. Une longue tirade pleine de désolation et d’amertume auxquelles les Malgaches ont fini par s’ habituer, au fil des années, surtout ces longues, interminables dernières années.  Tant qu’il y a vie il y a espoir dit-on, mais Madagascar vit-elle encore? Non, elle survie, flotte tant bien que mal sur les vagues houleuses de la “politique” souvent taxée – à juste titre – de “politicienne”.

Penser? Qui peut encore penser avec une tête claire dans la situation actuelle? Un défi à prendre? Qui oserait même y penser? La “vie”  est “trop dure”… Qui lit encore les journaux? Qui écoute encore la radio?…ce ne sont que des fonds sonores pour l’homme de la rue, ni plus ni moins. Au fond, comment peut-on se soucier de ce qui se passe dans son pays quand on se soucie nuit et jour de sa propre survie physique?

Malgache, Qui es-tu? Malgache, Vis-tu?

Apparemment, les sanctions de l’Union Africaine sont levées. Elles étaient en place depuis Mars 2010, pour sanctionner “le Président” Rajoelina. Un “président” qui a “pris le pouvoir” par la force, et qui y reste par la force, ou par la force des choses! Les sanctions étaient à l’encontre de 109 individus, membres du Régime politique de transition, plus couramment appelée “Transition”. Ironiquement c’est la totalité de la population qui a pâti…bien plus que les 109 individus qui sont payés par l’Etat – ou plus concrètement par les pauvres contribuables Malgaches – !! Avec la perte du Millenium challenge gagné sous Ravalomanana, Madagascar a vu l’éducation passer d’un budget de 82 million de dollars (US) a 14 million de dollars (US). Grâce à l’Unicef, les enseignants ont pu être payés. Triste constatation, les Malgaches ne savent plus parler ni Malgache, ni Français, ni Anglais…A vrai dire, peut-être doit-on se demander si le Malgache est encore Malgache!!…ou plutôt, le Malgache a-t-il encore sa propre identité ?…Heureusement que l’Académie Malgache existe en dépit de la misère rampante a tous niveaux!…

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Quant à la santé? Si aux USA le grand débat est sur l’imposition d’un système d’assurance médicale pour tous, à Madagascar, nul n’ose même plus penser assistance médicale avec la clôture de 214 centres médicaux en 2011. Des bénévoles, après une formation d’une semaine, assurent le minimum dans des centres non urbains. Mieux que rien, bien sur….

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

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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.

Life Goes On…A Far Cry from Democracy

In Economics, Elections, French, Politics, Society on October 18, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Amid recurrent crises life goes on in Madagascar. Nothing changes despite talks, again and again, infinite local and international talks. Among the major speculations and possibilities: a military Directorate...again, or Rajoelina winning his coveted presidential bid! Sadly, there is no news, just a relentless repeat of the past. When will Madagascar learn despite efforts from various groups? What has Madagascar learned?

Some concerns about Madagascar sovereignty, let alone Madagascar’s future seem legitimate. But aren’t today’s sovereignty concerns just a circumstantial  shift of foreign influence from one continent to another that Madagascar had endured over the decades? Isn’t it also the result of the remapping of world politics? Remember when Madagascar lost its sovereignty for the first time? It resulted from a quarrel between France and England, caused the end of Madagascar Kingdom, the exile of its leader, the emergence of a new era: colonization, independence, a myriad of regimes and administrations that had no respect for or made a priority of the sovereignty of the Malagasy people. One regime tried to restore Madagascar sovereignty: The Ramanantsoa regime. Although nationalist, it was viewed as too conservative, too “aristocratic.” Ravalomanana also calls himself  a nationalist.

Today, it was announced that the prime minister of the HAT resigned in line with the “road map”” to bring an end to the long standing crisis. And again, today, life goes on and nobody dares to dream of a better life anymore: survival has been a daily struggle for nearly the last three years. So what has Madagascar  learned? Maybe the question is how could you hear and see and think of your country’s future when you are overwhelmed by the present? The power of democracy lies in information and an educated population. Although the young generation is catching up with social media, life goes on…still a far cry from democracy. Concerns remain.

Maputo II: Arrests. Former ruler, Admiral Ratsiraka reclaims Madagascar

In Elections, French, Politics, Terror on August 26, 2009 at 6:35 pm

So predictable, but yet, surprise to some local journalists: the long-time domineering ruler of Madagascar, Admiral Didier Ratsiraka reclaims the leadership of  the transition, report Sobika, Madagascar Tribune, and L’Express de Madagascar.

This comes as a “surprise” to some journalists who evidently have not observed Madagascar history or have underestimated Ratsiraka keen sense of strategy. Ratsiraka has been a domineering ruler for over twenty years, hated and feared by many but uncontested until the emergence of then prominent businessman Ravalomanana, who became fed-up of the system, and who embodied all oppressed and repressed parties. Lately, local media had reported that Ratsiraka just wanted to retire peacefully in his homestead on the East Coast of Madagascar. Partially true, maybe. But it would almost be inconceivable to imagine Ratsiraka staying “lost” on the East Coast.

This is an extraordinary man who graduated from one French elite military school, managed to stay in power in Madagascar for over twenty years, changed Madagascar to fit his personal eclectic vision of socialism through his famous “Red Book”, managed to “avoid” extradition from his country of asylum, France, and consequently, the international tribunal of La Haye for crimes of genocide and against humanity (Gazety.Malagasy, Midi Madagascar, Prevent Genocide International).

This is a man who has been suspected to be behind the Rajoelina-led movement, according to several local media reports and some foreign media as well. Ratsiraka is not and will never be the “aging, fragile” politician that local media have decrypted lately. Ratsiraka is and will remain a man of power, and certainly a redoubtable and resourceful adversary to Rajoelina and all parties involved in Madagascar politics. Ratsiraka cannot be ruled out of the picture. He is a charismatic speaker, an influential political and military figure, utmost capable of reinventing himself.

Is Madagascar going back under Ratsiraka rule? Maputo II may not reach its resolution goal in a timely manner. At this point, it becomes evident, according to local medias, that Ratsiraka’s motivation is not the interest of the country. Neither are the motivations of those who are behind Rajoelina. Observers were doomed to have realized that Maputo I was the endorsement of Ratsiraka come-back. But is was a necessary risk in an attempt to resolving the months-long deadlock.

In the meantime, negotiations are threatened: at this writing, Taiwan News reports that five Malagasy armed men have just been arrested in Maputo upon suspicion of  disturbing negotiations.

Ravalomanana, unlike other members of the negotiating parties, was escorted upon arrival by military men, had reported Midi Madagascar. Evidently, Ravalomanana security and safety remain a subject of concern. Public safety and security have been quasi nonexistent in Madagascar since the military-backed Rajoelina take-over.

 

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