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. [...]
Dispute over airport security contract
The Madagascan airport authorities are de facto"outlaws" in the eyes of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which had set them a deadline of July 2010 to comply with airport security standards. The Aviation Civile de Madagascar (ACM) had initiated [. [...]
Rajoelina wants to run transition alone
The fragile political consensus established during the previous negotiations (Maputo I and II, then Addis Ababa) fell to pieces after Maputo III, when three of the four political camps shared out the ministerial portfolios in the absence of the movement [. [...]
Business as usual in spite of political logjam
The four political groupings in Madagascar had still not reached an agreement this week on how to share out the ministerial portfolios of the future national unity government. Nevertheless, this political logjam does not stop certain businessmen from showing initiative [. [...]