Madagascar. In early January, the Constitutional Court
ruled the outcome of the 2018 presidential election.
Marc Ravalomanana's accusations of electoral fraud were
dismissed, thus confirming Andry Rajoelina's victory. He got
56% of the vote against 44% for Ravalomanana. The government
that took office at the end of January was significantly
smaller than the previous one, just over 20 ministers and a
deputy minister against the previous 30 ministers. Prime
Minister Christian Ntsay was allowed to remain in his post.
In May, elections to the National Assembly were held and
this resulted in a clear victory for the party We All with
Andry Rajoelina, who received 84 of 151 seats.
Ravalomanana's Party I Love Madagascar finished second with
16 seats. The other 51 elected members were nominated as
independent candidates. The turnout was as low as 31%. The
government resigned formally in July, but Ntsay was
reappointed by President Rajoelina a few days later. The
government presented by the prime minister was basically
identical to the one that had just resigned.
In September, Madagascar was visited by the Pope for the
first time in 30 years. Francis held a mass on the outskirts
of the capital Antananarivo in front of hundreds of
thousands of people. About 25% of Madagascar's population is