Gabriel Ramanantsoa

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Gabriel Ramanantsoa
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President of Madagascar
In office
11 October 1972 – 5 February 1975
Preceded by Philibert Tsiranana
Succeeded by Richard Ratsimandrava
Personal details
Born 13 April 1906
Antananarivo, Madagascar
Died 9 May 1979
Paris, France

Gabriel Ramanantsoa (13 April 1906 Antananarivo - 9 May 1979 Paris) was the President and Prime Minister of Madagascar from 1972 to 1975.

Ramanantsoa was a member of the Merina ethnic group, and came from a wealthy family. He was a career officer in the French army. After Madagascar became independent, he joined the Madagascar military, rising to the rank of Major General. In May 1972, amidst massive political protests, he became prime minister of the country, and a few months later, when President Philibert Tsiranana gave up power, Ramanantsoa became President, taking office on October 11, 1972. He tried to start political reconciliation. His government was nearly overthrown in December 1974. On February 5, 1975 he resigned amidst ethnic and social class tensions.