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Madagascar: Roots of Turmoil

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 (All day)

Time: 6pm


Event: A panel discussion accompanying the launch of “Madagascar: A Short History”
by Stephen Ellis


Venue: Brunei Suite, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG


Details: Growing international backlash against Andry Rajoelina's rise to power in Madagascar, and continued support for ousted leader Marc Ravalomanana, mean the island is likely to remain in turmoil for weeks to come.

The army-backed takeover, which has been condemned as a coup by foreign powers including the United States and the Southern African Development Community, has reverberations far beyond Madagascar. It is a blow to the African Union, which has been arguing that unconstitutional changes of government as blatant as this are not acceptable. Madagascar is the fourth African country in less than a year to experience a military takeover or something close to it.


Weeks of violence – in which more than a hundred people were killed – have crippled the tourism industry and scared off foreign mining and oil investors.  The new government of has come under increasing pressure from the daily protests, and continued support for ex-president Marc Ravalomanana is dividing the country’s population and raises fears of even more widespread and destructive violence.

What does the future hold for this troubled island?


This event is organised by the Royal African Society.