New Madagascar Govt Fails To End Political Strife
After weeks of crisis and intervention by the country's top court, Madagascar now has a unity government supposed to bring rivals together and steer the island nation to elections.
Antananarivo, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News, app - 13th Jun, 2018 ) :After weeks of crisis and intervention by the country's top court, Madagascar now has a unity government supposed to bring rivals together and steer the island nation to elections.
But, among the opposition, the mood is sour and resentment still simmers.
"No recycling of ministers", screamed a large poster held by opposition protesters, who have been staging a daily vigil at the May 13 square in front of city hall.
The opposition secured a dozen ministerial posts out of 30 -- but for their supporters, that is not enough.
"I'm very upset that we still have HVM," said Hanta Razanadranaivo, 60, referring to Rajaonarimampianina's party. "We demanded change, and we get a recycling of former ministers".
"This new government does not solve anything.
It does not respect the decision of the Constitutional Court," grumbled Julien Naina, a supporter of ex-president Marc Ravalomanana.
"We must continue the demonstrations until Hery Rajaonarimampianina is overthrown." The protest movement, begun on April 21, initially sought to thwart proposed electoral reforms -- a package that critics said was crafted to ensure the president would cruise to victory in elections due later this year.
The reforms were overturned by the courts, but the protests continued, becoming a full-blown movement to oust Rajaonarimampianina. Violence has claimed two lives and left more than a dozen injured.
"The government has given birth to a seven-headed monster and must be buried unconditionally," Honore Tsabotokay, an independent MP, told opposition supporters on Tuesday.
"What we are seeing in the current context is evidence of just how superficial the agreements were that were cobbled together," said Piers Pigou of the International Crisis Group (ICG) think-tank.
"For Madagascar's regional neighbours in SADC, and for the wider international community, the key concern is to see the island safely prepare and conduct credible and fair elections," said Paul Melly of the London-based Chatham House think-tank.