He is the disc jockey politician, a charismatic, fresh-faced entrepreneur who swapped the turntables and nightclubs of Antananarivo for a movement that this week has culminated in the ousting of Madagascar's twice-elected president. So when Andry Rajoelina, 34, is inaugurated as Africa's youngest president today, expect a carnival of sound. His supporters have taken to blaring out Malagasy pop music to get crowds in the mood. This may even be the first African coup with its own soundtrack.
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High Constitutional Court chairman Jean Eric Rakotoarisoa ratified results given by the Indian Ocean island's electoral board last month saying Rajoelina won It is also the victory of Malagasy people," Rajoelina, a year-old businessman, told jubilant supporters at his party's headquarters. He had ousted Ravalomanana, 69, who is known as "the milkman" for his ownership of a dairy business, in a coup. Both men said this time they would accept the outcome of the vote. However, after a Dec. Both men were in court for Tuesday's ruling.
Mongabay Series: Conservation in Madagascar. Andry Rajoelina is set to be sworn in as president of Madagascar on Jan. His administration was beset by corruption, especially regarding natural resource management, according to numerous reports. He quickly became the face of the opposition to then-president Ravalomanana. In March , the military forced Ravalomanana to resign and go into exile in South Africa.
Ravalomanana had complained of widespread fraud and petitioned the Constitutional Court, which threw out his case as "unfounded". Last week riot police in the Indian Ocean island used tear gas to break up one of several protests by thousands of Ravalomanana supporters. The bitter rivals, both former presidents, were banned from running in the election as part of an agreement to end recurring crises that have rocked Madagascar since it gained independence from France in Both sides alleged fraud in the two-round election, and a contested result may raise the risk of renewed political instability. European and African Union election observers said they had not seen any evidence of significant wrongdoing.