Rajoelina has 11-point lead as Madagascar finishes vote count

Rajoelina has 11-point lead as Madagascar finishes vote count

Andry Rajoelina is poised for the official win in Madagascar’s presidential elections, with final results in the  second round runoff expected on Thursday. Rajoelina, above, has 55.6 percent of the vote while Marc Ravalomanana of the opposition Tiako I Madagasikara (TIM) party has 44.4 percent, according to numbers released by…

Madagascar set for second-round presidential election

Madagascar set for second-round presidential election

It’s down to the wire in Madagascar as the country ended its campaigns Monday, in preparation for Wednesday’s runoff election to determine who will become president – or in this case, president again. Both candidates in the island nation’s election have served in the top office before. Marc Ravalomanana of…

Russia reaffirms SADC ties, support for UNSC reform and C.A.R.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Russian government have signed a new five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of cooperation, the latest evidence of Moscow’s interest in the African continent and its development. SADC head Stergomena Tax and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov signed the document as African leaders…

Growing concern over Madagascar’s seasonal plague cases

There’s new concern over plague in Madagascar, where another six suspected cases were reported this week in the village of Iakora, which saw dozens of fatalities during a seasonal outbreak in 2016. The deaths all occurred during September, according to local media citing the National Gendarmerie in Ivohibe province. That’s…

U.S. diplomat killed in Madagascar

The United States Department of State has confirmed the weekend death of one of its diplomats in Madagascar, where a man was detained after he was caught scaling the fence of the diplomat’s home in Antananarivo. “We are deeply saddened to confirm that a U.S. Foreign Service Officer was found…

UN chief praises Madagascar government, election decisions

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed the news of a new cabinet established late Monday in Madagascar, following a May 25 court order to form a national unity government in hopes of ending the island nation’s political crisis. President Hery Rajaonarimampianina’s picks include Andry Rajoelina and Marc Ravalomanana, both of…

Toxic toad poses threat to Madagascar’s native species

Toxic toads that arrived in Madagascar as an invasive species pose a threat to the island nation’s wildlife because – unlike animals in the toad’s native Asia – they’ve developed no gene mutations to protect them. That’s the conclusion of a team of European researchers who urge the government in…

Madagascar: Scientist helps to discover new sea current

A researcher from Madagascar, with his South African and French counterparts, has discovered the existence of a coastal current off the island nation’s coast that may lead to improved fishing and marine industry management. Work from their study, published in Geophysical Research Letters, is part of a collaboration that includes…

Tropical Cyclone Ava makes landfall on Madagascar

Tropical Cyclone Ava continued to track west-southwest across Madagascar’s eastern coast, where meteorologists reported a landfall near Toamasina on Friday. Meteo Madagascar placed a red alert for the storm in parts of the country, asking local authorities and citizens to make preparations. That warning extends for the communities along the central eastern…