Madagascar. In early January, the Constitutional Court ruled the outcome of the 2018 presidential election. Two 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.
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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 Catholic.
According to CountryAAH, the population of Madagascar in 2019 was 26,969,196, ranking number 51 in the world. The population growth rate was 2.690% yearly, and the population density was 46.3553 people per km2.