The island Republic of Malagasy went to the polls last Sunday (September 6) with the ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD) confident of victory.
The island Republic of Malagasy went to the polls last Sunday (September 6) with the ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD) confident of victory. The following day, with more than half the provincial results known and counting completed in the capital, it was certain that the PSD would again take 104 of the 107 seats in the National Assembly.
The main challenge to the PSD, which has been in power under President Philibert Tsiranana since 1965, comes from the opposition Independence Congress Party of Madagascar (AKFM). Led by Richard Andriamanjato, the AKFM has only one stronghold the constituency of Tananarive Town. Here, they won the three seats they had held in the previous assembly.
A third party, Dr Joseph Raseta's Movement of National Union, acquired only minor proportion of votes. This marked the political eclipse of Dr Raseta, now 85 years old, a former deputy and leader of an insurrection against the French in 1947.
There was a high poll of almost 90 per cent among the 2,750,000 people entitled to vote. It was the third election to the 107-seat Assembly since independence from France in 1960, and once again the PSD seemed assured of a convincing victory.
The early part of the election campaign had been marked by a number of violent incidents, but the final voting took place in a calm and peaceful atmosphere.
President Tsiranana said on Monday (September 7) that he would form a new Government within the next few days in consultation with Interior Minister Andre Resampa, who is also Secretary-General of the PSD.