Daniel Rajakoba

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Daniel Rajakoba (born 21 October 1940[1]) is a Malagasy politician.

Daniel Rajakoba
Personal details
Born Antonibe, Sofia Region
Political party Fihavanantsika
Alma mater Antananarivo University

Education[edit]

Born in Antonibe, Sofia Region, Rajakoba studied teaching at Antananarivo University.[1] He became a professor before being appointed as Minister of the Civil Service, Labour, and Social Laws by President Gabriel Ramanantsoa in 1972, a post he held until Didier Ratsiraka seized power in 1975.[2] He preached on the radio every week during this period.[1]

In 1987, Rajakoba went to study theology and linguistics in Aix-en-Provence and Montpellier. In 1999, he was made a Pastor of the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar, and he began preaching for the Malagasy Protestant Church of France.[1]

Political career[edit]

On August 3, 2001, the Isika Miara-Mandroso (Imima) association announced that it was presenting Rajakoba as a candidate in the December 2001 presidential election.[3] Rajakoba returned to Madagascar in that year[1] and received 2.0% of the votes in the election.[4] He founded the Fihavanantsika party in 2002, and on June 14, 2006 he announced that he would run again in the December 2006 presidential election as Fihavanantsika's candidate.[5] In the election, he placed tenth with 0.64% of the vote.[4][6]

In 2011, Daniel Rajakoba openly criticized Andry Rajoelina's regime, calling it a new form of organized colonialism.[7]

Private life[edit]

He married Monique Rakoto in 1967, and together they have eight children.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Qui est Daniel Rajakoba ?, Fihavanantsika.org (French).
  2. ^ "L'Homme d'Etat", rajakoba.org (French).
  3. ^ "France-based cleric to contest presidential polls", Malagasy National Radio, August 3, 2001.
  4. ^ a b Elections in Madagascar, African Elections Database.
  5. ^ "Rev. Daniel Rajakoba will run again for presidency", rajakoba.org, June 14, 2007.
  6. ^ 2006 presidential election results Archived 2012-07-06 at WebCite from the High Constitutional Court (French).
  7. ^ (fr) Pasteur Daniel Rajakoba : « Je plains Andry Rajoelina », Tananews.com, 21 octobre 2011