Andry Rajoelina

Madagascar hopes election will end nearly five years of crisis

Madagascar hopes election will end nearly five years of crisis

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Madagascar is set to hold elections Friday, trying to shrug off the effects of a 2009 coup that plunged millions of people into poverty and hunger due to subsequent African and Western sanctions and withdrawal of budget aid.

The efforts of donors to punish the country's politicians have backfired and hurt its most vulnerable people, especially children, U.N. humanitarian agencies said Monday.

Madagascar, a country that relied on donors to cover about 40% of its budget in 2008, is a study on what goes wrong after a coup: Tourism evaporates, investors go elsewhere and international donors drastically cut their support.

“Before the...

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