Andry Rajoelina has
been sworn in as Madagascar's new president in front of tens of thousands of
supporters at a sports stadium.
Mr. Rajoelina, who had been the mayor of the
capital city, took power this week after protests and a loss of military
support forced President Marc Ravalomanana to resign.
Patricia Rajeriarisonisa is a resident of the capital Antananarivo. She
told VOA’s Douglas Mpuga earlier today that there is a feeling of
anxiety in the capital as people do not know what to expect. “The situation is
really quiet, there are no robberies and shops are not being broken into but
the people are anxious about the future. They are waiting for international
recognition (of the government) that does not seem to be there now.”
She said there has been
transition in the ministries, where some officials of the previous government
have handed over office to the Rojoeline officials.”the question is whether
these incoming officials will perform to the peoples’ expectations”.
Rajeriarison said there were many happy people in the streets but the
question of international recognition still hangs on.
“Of course there is concern about
international recognition. Madagascar relies on international aid although some
people are saying that the international community cannot let down such a poor
She mentioned important
reform programs such as land tenure reform, and infrastructure programs that
the country by itself cannot finance. “I am not sure most of the population
realizes the implications for the time being. But what I know – through my
experience working in the development sector- is that there are many sectors
such as tourism that depend on foreign investment. It is going to be difficult for
the new team (administration) to convince international investors to invest in
confirmed that some diplomats in Antananarivo boycotted the swearing-in
ceremony. “Yes, even the papers wrote about it here. The United States and the
European Union members said they would not attend”.
whereabouts of former president Marc Ravalomanana, she said there are reports that
he is still in the country. “Nobody knows where exactly he is, but he is here. His
family left but he is still here”.
Rajeriarison added that most people are asking for real national
reconciliation. “They hope there will be no witch hunting. I also hope that is
the case, but the other day, for example, the army went to Ravalomanana’s
home. I guess they were looking for him but according to witnesses they damaged
everything there. It is something we have to be cautious of. People will not
like a witch hunt, she concluded.