Life and career
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. His appointment as Prime Minister in February 1997, following Ratsiraka's return to the presidency, was considered surprising. 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, 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. 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. After Ravalomanana prevailed in the dispute, Rakotomavo, unlike the governors of the other provinces, was not prosecuted.
- Biographical page at Antananarivo Province website (French).
- death notice (French) retrieved 18 December 2010
- Guy Arnold, Madagascar: Year in Review 1997, Britannica.com.
- Christopher Saunders, Madagascar: Year in Review 1998, Britannica.com.
- "L'armée en première ligne", L'Essor, 1 March 2002 (French).
- "Madagascar: Ratsiraka campaign manager denounces "irregularities" in capital", Malagasy National Radio, Antananarivo, 17 December 2001.
- "Pascal Rakotomavo résiste au DG de ARO", Madagascar Tribune, 18 July 2005 (French).
- "Les réactions des partisans du président Ratsiraka", Afrique Express, number 246, 14 March 2002 (French).
- "En lambeau !", Madagascar Tribune, 24 January 2005 (French).
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