A deviation from the normal pattern, former DJ makes President

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  1. dong20

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    Madagascar finally has a new 'President', but it's a shotgun wedding.

    This has been at least two years in the making and tried at least once that I'm aware of, well sort of. Nonetheless, I have been following events for a while now and wasn't surprised when the President finally stepped down. This will hopefully avoid more bloodshed, although I doubt that was his close to a factor, he had no choice.

    However, I didn't expect the military to hand over control quite so fast. They entirely sidestepped the usual 'transitional council>it's too unstable for democracry>de facto military Junta>popular protest leads to their ousting' stages.

    The military have been fairly neutral until now and said they didn't seek power for themselves - but they nearly always say that don't they ... until they have it that is. Call me cynical, but it makes me wonder what deal they may have cut with Rajoelina ... mining/oil futures? :rolleyes:

    Aside from the fact he's been elevated to the office of President in breach of the constitution, is a little 'too eager' to take power (he declared himself 'President' at the weekend) and too young for the office - regime changes effected at gunpoint tend to end in tears.

    Could be 'interesting' times ahead for the Malagasy.
     
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    Since you bring up Madagascar, Are you familiar with an agreement with them and Korea on a Huge portion of that country being 'LEASED' for farming. I did read something along those lines a year or so ago. Maybe for OIL producing crops? From what i recall.... it looked completely OVER for any wilderness and wildlife left there under the scope of what i read.
    And i would not be surprised. When i worked in Korea.....I saw absolutely ZERO evidence of wildlife there. Lots of dogs in cages though.Seriously.:frown1:

    Poked around real quick.....this is what i was on about.........staggering.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/ag...over-part-of-Madagascar-to-grow-biofuels.html

    Here is more for anyone interested.......illustrating the wholsale stripping of Sumatra for the palm oil trade.......that is WHOLESALE deforestation.
    http://www.foe.co.uk/resource/reports/palm_oil_summary.pdf
     
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    I was aware of the links between South Korea and Madagascar, though not the scale of the agreements mentioned in the articles.

    Great picture of the Baobabs in the Telegraph piece ... I love those trees.
     
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    Well, we had a President who was a former radio sports announcer.
     
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    And a governor that was a pro wrestler.:confused:
     
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    And another who was a former actor, yes.

    The deviation in the title wasn't in reference to Rajoelina's former employment but the rapid 'handover' of power to him, but I agree that's not obvious.
     
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    And a President who was a movie actor.

    And a governor who was a Terminator.

    And a Representative who was a gopher.
     
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