March 18, 2009

Rajoelina becomes president of Madagascar

Per United Press International, Andry Rajoelina was officially named the new president of Madagascar on Wednesday after increasing political pressure on former president Marc Ravalomanana forced him to resign Tuesday.

Twitter users in Madagascar documented events as they happened.

@ariniaina (Antananarivo, Madagascar): #madagascar TGV protesters are in Antaninarenina now 02pm to put Andry Rajoelina at "his new office"- Ambohitsirohitra

@thierry_ratsiz (Antananarivo, Madagascar): General (management board member) have signed a new order granting full powers to Andry Rajoelina (src Antsiva) #madagascar

@re_hita (Antananarivo, Madagascar): #madagascar generals sign the order transferring the power to Andry Rajoelina in leadership Ratsirahonana

The news also generated international discussion.

@angusprune (Barnet, U.K.): @bastardgirl @norabean So what is your opinion on Rajoelina? I have some hope, but have nothing to base this on.

@streetrover (New York City, N.Y.): I think that the world shld reject Rajoelina insurrectl govt in #madagascar : it's a src of instability & hotbed for terrorism in the region

@solofo (Nation, Ile-de-France, France): @re_hita #Madagascar Yep, we expected it from the beginning. Andry Rajoelina made a COUP, still it is and will be forever.!

@afrodissident (South Africa): Sanctions should be put in place against the Rajoelina thug who has taken #Madagascar by coercion and force. The army should be ashamed.

On March 14, Breaking Tweets wrote a related story, "Tensions resurface in Madagascar."

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