Poachers threaten precious Madagascar forest and lemurs

Vohibola forest in eastern Madagascar is in the grip of widespread deforestation. One hotel owner has been funding local task-forces for several years in a bid to try and protect the forest and the diverse range of wildlife that calls it home.

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This week on Africa Weekly, we focus on Madagascar where nearly 80 thousand cases of measles were recorded in the last six months alone. And we meet the young Cameroonian mechanic who has created a quirky, eco-friendly car, made from recovered and recycled parts. FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

Madagascar battles killer measles outbreak

According to the World Health Organisation, 79,000 cases of measles were recorded in Madagascar between September and February, 926 of which were deadly. Widespread malnutrition and low rates of immunisation on the Indian Ocean island have ramped up the killing power of the highly infectious virus.

Meat with a side of geopolitics in Serbian restaurant

Madagascar meatloaf, Laotian pork neck, Lesotho chicken kebab — politics, not palate sets the menu at Korcagin, a Serbian restaurant that serves food only from countries that don’t recognise Kosovo.

Madagascar’s new president vows anti-graft fight

Madagascan President Andry Rajoelina used his inauguration speech on Saturday to pledge to fight corruption in a country where politics and business are widely seen as beset by graft.

Outgoing Madagascar president hands over power to Rajoelina

The transfer of power between outgoing President Hery Rajaonarimampianina and President-elect Andry Rajoelina takes place at the presidential palace of Madagascar. IMAGES of the outgoing president and president-elect conducting the power transfer ceremony in the presidential office

Madagascar’s new president Rajoelina celebrates official victory

Madagascar’s newly elected president Andry Rajoelina celebrates the confirmation of his victory in the Magascar presidential election with his family and activists in his headquarters after the Malagasy High Court rejected all accusations of fraud by its rival Marc Ravalomanana.

Madagascar: third day of protests by Ravalomanana supporters

Pro-Marc Ravalomanana demonstrators gather for a third day of protests. Unlike the previous day, the military allowed the demonstrators to enter the square in front of City Hall. The protests come as the country’s top court reviews a petition filed by Ravalomanana challenging Andry Rajoelina’s win because of fraud allegations.

Madagascar police fire tear gas to break up opposition protest

Madagascan security forces fire tear gas to break up a protest by supporters of losing presidential candidate Marc Ravalomanana, who claims he was denied victory in last month’s election because of fraud.

Madagascar opposition supporters contest Rajoelina’s victory

Supporters of defeated presidential candidate Marc Ravalomanana protest against Andry Rajoelina’s victory in the election. Rajoelina has returned to power after he won 55.66 percent against 44.34 percent for Ravalomanana, in an election beset by allegations of fraud. IMAGES