Elections offer faint hope for stability

Madagascar President Hery Rajaonarimampianina meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping (not pictured) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 27, 2017. Mr Rajaonarimampianina wants to run for re-election. PHOTO | LINTAO ZHANG | AFP

What you need to know:

  • In 2010, Mr Rajoelina made a new constitution lowering from 40 to 30 years the age of eligibility for President.
  • The rights of western Cameroon have been eviscerated. Senior government officials are drawn mainly from French-speaking areas.
  • Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, is eligible for a second term but his popularity in turbulent Mali is hard to gauge.

In southern Africa, Madagascar — still chafing from a major broil in 2009 — is set to have a presidential election in November.

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