Madagascar

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INFORMATION

Capital: Antananarivo

Government: Untiary Semi-Presidential Republic

Current President: Rivo Rakotovao

Economy:

  • Agriculture, including fishing and forestry, is a mainstay of the economy, accounting for more than one-fourth of GDP and employing 80% of the population.
  • Major exporter of apparel.

Population: 25,054,161 (2017)

Land Size: 587,041 sq km (226,658 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Malayo-Indonesian (Merina and related Betsileo)
  • Cotiers (mixed African, Malayo-Indonesian, and Arab ancestry – Betsimisaraka, Tsimihety, Antaisaka, Sakalava)
  • French
  • Indian
  • Creole
  • Comoran
Religions:

  • Indigenous African Religions: 52%
  • Christian: 41%
  • Muslim: 7%

Language(s):

  • French (official)
  • Malagasy (official)
  • English

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RECENT NEWS

  • Tue - Dec 11, 2018: Madagascar Presidential Vote - Rajoelina, Ravalomanana Hold Debate - AllAfrica News: Madagascar
    [Cameroon Tribune] The televised discussion on December 10, 2018 for the runoff poll focused on personality rather than issues.
  • Tue - Dec 11, 2018: Madagascar Presidential Vote - Rajoelina, Ravalomanana Debate - AllAfrica News: Madagascar
    [Cameroon Tribune] The televised discussion on December 10, 2018 for the runoff poll focused on personality rather than issues.
  • Tue - Dec 11, 2018: Bon Awards 2018 - Tope Oshin, Tana Adelana Win Big - AllAfrica News: Madagascar
    [Premium Times] Tope Oshin's young-adult film 'We Don't Live Here Anymore' carted the most awards at the 10th Best of Nollywood (BON) awards ceremony which held on Sunday at the Kakanfo Conference Centre in Ibadan, Oyo.
  • Sat - Dec 1, 2018: SA Man Held in Madagascar Jail for 3 Months Without Trial - AllAfrica News: Madagascar
    [News24Wire] A South African man has been in prison in Madagascar for three months on what his wife claims are trumped-up charges.
  • Fri - Nov 30, 2018: South African MD's Hell in a Malagasy Prison - AllAfrica News: Madagascar
    [Daily Maverick] A South African businessman has been in detention for more than three months in one of Madagascar's most overcrowded prisons, for fraud he claims he didn't commit. With the rest of the island state in the middle of a fierce presidential elections battle, he's unlikely to have any respite until well after Christmas.