Clash between Rajoelina and advisor Ravatomanga shakes the island
The deepening but largely unacknowledged rift between President Andry Rajoelina and his omnipresent advisor, the businessman Maminiaina Ravatomanga, is having repercussions on the country's entire political apparatus as well as on key pillars of the economy. [...]
Presidential election lays bare polarised political landscape
Although the second round of the presidential election on 19 December will pit Andry Rajoelina against Marc Ravalomanana as expected, the outcome of the last-minute horse-trading is uncertain. The outgoing president Hery Rajaonarimampianina has not come out in favour of [. [...]
Mamy Ravatomanga, businessman and "éminence grise"
Entrepreneur Maminiaina "Mamy" Ravatomanga, whose business has been booming in recent years, is an unwavering supporter and unofficial adviser of transition president Andry "TGV" Rajoelina. The two men were brought together in 2008 when their respective companies were having problems as a result of fiscal investigations initiated by the entourage of the then president, Marc Ravalomanana. [...]