Could elections this year end unrest in Madagascar?

madagascar_thumbEx-UK Ambassador and Coventry University Professor Simon Massey thinks so.

In a recent paper, published open source by international affairs think tank Chatham House, Massey along with Coventry University’s Bruce Baker and Bob Dewar suggests that elections could herald a fresh start for Madagascar which had been hindered by the intense rivalry between the country’s two leading political protagonists: Andry Rajoelina, president of the incumbent transitional regime, and Marc Ravalomanana.

Regional and international partners are already coordinating their management of the crisis. Madagascar may not show the levels of violence and traumatic disruption to compare with those in ‘hot’ crises elsewhere, but according to the researchers the country is a “slow-burning social and economic disaster”.

Read the original publication at the Chatham House website.

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