Madagascar

Incomes have slipped to their lowest level in a decade since Madagascar’s 2009 coup d’etat, and, in parallel, domestic violence has sharply risen. 

The violence on the streets has ended. But two days after the army swept the 34-year-old to power, Madagascar's newly-installed president Andry Rajoelina suspended the Indian Ocean island's parliament.
Ravalomanana and Rajoelina had agreed to suspend public protests during the talks, put a halt to arrests "of a political nature", and stop violence and looting on the giant Indian Ocean island.
Since 26 January more than 100 unarmed civilians have been killed in protests. AFF urges the African Union Commission to appoint a high-level African woman to be part of the team that will facilitate the resolution of the political crisis in Madagascar and to ensure the equal participation of Malagasy women and their organizations in the subsequent political processes, including elections.
AFF joins Malagasy women in condemning the use of violence to silence dissenting voices, which is becoming a recurrent feature of political crises in many African countries.
Les membres de Vondrona Miralenta ho an’ny Fampandrosoana (VMLF) posent comme base minimale du code de conduite des dirigeants, qu’ils soient au pouvoir ou dans l’opposition.
UNICEF congratulated the government of Madagascar on two new laws to reinforce child protection, including increasing the legal age of marriage to eighteen years.
President Ravalomanana has recently come under fire for his outspoken religious views which critics say marginalise smaller religions. In a recent church service, he shocked colleagues and critics alike when he said that he "dreams of a Christian nation".
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