n African Security Review - Madagascar's political crisis : what options for the mediation process? : Africa watch

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President Marc Ravalomanana of Madagascar announced his resignation on 17 March 2009 and handed over power to a military directorate. However, very few believed that was the end of the power struggle between him and the then mayor of Antananarivo, Andry Rajoelina, who was promptly declared president. The subsequent political quagmire has become a serious challenge to regional and continental organisations battling to root out unconstitutional changes of regimes and consolidate their democratic doctrines. The situation has become even more complex with the successful auto-legitimisation of coup leaders in Mauritania and Niger.


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