Formerly an independent kingdom, Madagascar became a French colony in 1896 but regained independence in 1960. During 1992-93, free presidential and National Assembly elections were held ending 17 years of single-party rule. In 1997, in the second presidential race, Didier RATSIRAKA, the leader during the 1970s and 1980s, was returned to the presidency. The 2001 presidential election was contested between the followers of Didier RATSIRAKA and Marc RAVALOMANANA, nearly causing secession of half of the country. In April 2002, the High Constitutional Court announced RAVALOMANANA the winner. RAVALOMANANA is now in his second term following a landslide victory in the generally free and fair presidential elections of 2006.
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Boii (Sweden) 1st March 2009
Would you consider Madagascar as a democratic country? How's the welfare in the country? Is it like.. very poor and corrupt, like Zimbabwe? Or is it stable and wealthy like Sweden? Or somewhere in between? I just don't get it. I've basically never heard anything about Madagascar in news.. I didn't even know Madagascar housed human beings.