A dramatic change, then new challenge for Madagascar

Published on 20 March 2009

Weeks of opposition protests and turmoil on the Indian Ocean island have killed more than 135 people, crippled tourism and left former President Marc Ravalomanana in the lurch. Using agency reports, Ben Ukwuoma writes on the dramatic victory for the young politician, Andry Rajoelina who was sacked as mayor of the capital only last month. (...) The crisis hit the cities hardest. "Loss of employment due to the political crisis threatens to push the vulnerable poor and lower-middle classes into destitution. For those who are already indigent, estimated at over 500,000 the current crisis has put even the most basic foodstuffs beyond their reach," Krystyna Bednarska, head of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), said.

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