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? 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.