Siteny hires French PR firm Patricia Goldman to boost presidential run
Siteny Randrianasoloniaiko has engaged Paris-based PR agency Patricia Goldman International as he gears up for this year's presidential election. He has also been paying visits to a range of top-tier national leaders.
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State coffers almost empty in run-up to presidential election
During a confidential meeting with business leaders, Andry Rajoelina admitted that he would be unable to finance a number of public subsidies or to settle state arrears before June. An announcement that has gone down badly with the business community.
Freemasons anxious to avoid presidential election strife
As the next presidential election approaches, the little world of Madagascan Freemasonry is discreetly setting the wheels in motion. Members of the Fraternelle des Bâtisseurs de la Cité (FRABACI) are consulting with the main lodges in order to agree a lobbying strategy to ensure the ballot passes off without incident.
World Bank's discrete lobbying crucial to mining sector reform Free
The cabinet has approved a new mining code, the reopening of the mining register and the resumption of gold exports. World Bank lobbying has been a significant factor in those decisions, the institution having made its forthcoming €200m budgetary aid conditional on the sector's reform.
French foreign minister Colonna pushes back Antananarivo visit to May
French foreign minister Catherine Colonna has pushed back her official visit to Madagascar to the end of May. She will meet Malagasy president Andry Rajoelina to discuss the thorny issue of the Scattered Islands, as well as the Apollo 21 affair.
Harry Rahajason plans counterattack with French lawyer William Bourdon
Madagascar's former communications minister, who has been in prison since 2020, was sentenced in February to 30 more months in detention following a complaint from the business magnate Mamy Ravatomanga. The French lawyer William Bourdon is representing him.
How vanilla price crisis has rocked Madagascar government
The vanilla industry, which accounts for 5% of Madagascar's GDP, is at the centre of a power struggle between the government and major players in the sector, most of whom are foreign. Key to the battle is the minimum price set by Antananarivo.
Christian churches council to supervise national consultation
The organisation grouping Madagascar's four biggest Christian churches has agreed to supervise pre-election dialogue in the island nation. It plans to hold a series of forums and to deploy observers to try to ensure the upcoming presidential polls are trouble-free.
Churches in Madagascar enter presidential campaign
Protestants and Catholics in Madagascar have already gotten involved in politics in the run-up to November's election. The former deliver sermons attacking President Andry Rajoelina's record, while the latter - with the exception of the ex-archbishop of Antananarivo - cultivate their good relations with the government.