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Madagascar president sworn into office

Madagascar president, Andry Rajoelina, has been sworn in after taking the oath of office in Antananarivo on Saturday before nine judges of the High Constitutional Court.

Mr. Rajoelina swore an oath to perform in virtue his function as President of the Republic of Madagascar. He also pledged to use his powers to guarantee and strengthen national unity and human rights.

History of the island

For the first time in the history of the island, which has been accustomed to political crises since its independence from France in 1960, the President’s inauguration took place in the presence of his electoral rivals and previous heads of state Didier Ratsiraka, Marc Ravalomanana and Hery Rajaonarimampianina.

On Friday, also for the first time in the country’s history, a transfer of power was made between two elected presidents, Mr. Rajaonarimampianina and Mr. Rajoelina at the presidential palace in Antananarivo.

This is historic, it is an illustration of a democratic transfer of power, respect for republican values, Rajaonarimampianina said.

Source: Voice of Nigeria