Tuesday, 10 February 2009

M is for Madagascar

Defense Minister Cécile Manorohanta resigned yesterday, citing the deaths of at least 25 people who were shot during a protest Sunday near a presidential palace. “After everything that has happened, I have decided not to be part of the government from this moment on,” she said.

Madagascar sits about 300 miles off the coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. Over the centuries, exotic species of animals and plants developed there in splendid isolation, and the island has long been a favorite for eco-tourists.

But the politics of the former French colony have been less winsome than the lemurs that swing through the trees or the chameleons that scamper in the brush. Disputed elections in 2001 left the country with two presidents, two governments and two capitals.

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