Pascal Rakotomavo

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Pascal Joseph Rakotomavo (1 April 1934[1] – 14 December 2010)[2] was a Malagasy politician. He was the Prime Minister of Madagascar from 21 February 1997[3] to 23 July 1998.[4]

Life and career[edit]

Born at Antananarivo, Rakotomavo was Minister of Finance and the Economy from 1982 to 1989 and Special Adviser to President Didier Ratsiraka from 1989 to 1993.[1] His appointment as Prime Minister in February 1997, following Ratsiraka's return to the presidency, was considered surprising.[3] Rakotomavo served as Governor of Antananarivo Province from June 2001 to 2002. He was also Ratsiraka's campaign director in the December 2001 presidential election,[5][6] but in the political crisis that followed between Ratsiraka and opposition candidate Marc Ravalomanana, as governor he adopted what has been described as a neutral position.[7] On 28 February 2002, Ratsiraka appointed General Léon-Claude Raveloarison as military governor of Antananarivo Province under martial law. Rakotomavo was the only one of the six provincial governors to not sign a declaration that Toamasina, Ratsiraka's stronghold during the 2002 political crisis, was the nation's provisional capital.[8] After Ravalomanana prevailed in the dispute, Rakotomavo, unlike the governors of the other provinces, was not prosecuted.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Biographical page at Antananarivo Province website (French).
  2. ^ death notice (French) retrieved 18 December 2010
  3. ^ a b Guy Arnold, Madagascar: Year in Review 1997, Britannica.com.
  4. ^ Christopher Saunders, Madagascar: Year in Review 1998, Britannica.com.
  5. ^ "L'armée en première ligne", L'Essor, 1 March 2002 (French).
  6. ^ "Madagascar: Ratsiraka campaign manager denounces "irregularities" in capital", Malagasy National Radio, Antananarivo, 17 December 2001.
  7. ^ "Pascal Rakotomavo résiste au DG de ARO", Madagascar Tribune, 18 July 2005 (French).
  8. ^ "Les réactions des partisans du président Ratsiraka", Afrique Express, number 246, 14 March 2002 (French).
  9. ^ "En lambeau !", Madagascar Tribune, 24 January 2005 (French).
Political offices
Preceded by
Norbert Ratsirahonana
Prime Minister of Madagascar
1997-1998
Succeeded by
Tantely Andrianarivo