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Madagascar: Reactions to Ousted President Ravalomanana Attempting to Return

Categories: Sub-Saharan Africa, Madagascar, Digital Activism, Governance, International Relations, Politics

Tropical storm Binziga  has just hit Madagascar [1], having killed killed six people and leaving about 7,500 without adequate shelter. Yet  the attention is focused on the return of the Ousted Madagascar President Marc Ravalomanana, who issued a statement and spoke at a news conference in Johannesburg on  Thursday Feb. 17, 2011. He says he will return from his exile in South Africa.  Ravalomanana was forced to flee on 2009 and despite facing a life sentence in prison, has decided to return to Madagascar. His attempt at coming back on February 18th was rebuked by the air traffic authority of Madagascar who issued a persona non grata notice on the ousted president.


( Ravalomanana's reaction at press conference after being refused to board on the plane)

(thousands of people gathering at the airport to welcome the ousted president)

Here are some reactions on Twitter as news of his attempt at returning home  surfaced:

[ Editor's note: it is important to note that there was a high volume of twitter updates about this subject that were not confirmed or verified as the situation is still very fluid. For instance, many users posted that Ravalomanana was already on the plane when he was still only attempting to board]

To mavana
tomavana [2] To mavana
[Coïncidence?] annonce retour Ravalomanana #Madagascar [3] & enquête parquet Sud-Af ‘tentative de recruter des mercenaires’ http://bit.ly/hP5Fzk [4]
[Coincidence?] announcement return Ravalomanana #Madagascar [3] & South Af’  investigation prosecutors on attempt to recruit mercenaries’ http://bit.ly/hP5Fzk [4]
To mavana
tomavana [2] To mavana

‘sûr et certain #Ravalomanana [5] sera de retour à #Madagascar [3] ce samedi 19.02'~sénatrice Naika Eliane au téléphone avec @NRakotoarson [6]

‘sure and certain #Ravalomanana [5] will be back #Madagascar [3] this Saturday  19.02'~senator Naika Eliane on the phone with @NRakotoarson [6]

hery
hery [7] hery

[blaogy.com] Raha hody Ravalo: IZay izany no vaovao farany tamin'ity herinandro ity dia ny… http://goo.gl/fb/QXuzy [8]

[blaogy.com] if Ravalo decide to return:  the latest news of this week will be… http://goo.gl/fb/QXuzy [8]

tananews

tananews [9] tananews

par hery

Vidéo de la conférence de presse de Marc Ravalomanana http://www.tananews.com/?p=14799 [10]

conférence live of  Marc Ravalomanana http://www.tananews.com/?p=14799 [10]

ICE Club Madagascar
iceclubmada [11] ICE Club Madagascar
[ICE member blog] Marc Ravalomanana will come home on Saturday: The ousted president Marc Ravalomanana did today… http://bit.ly/eDtjrB [12]
To mavana
tomavana [2] To mavana

‘Ravalomanana return to #Madagascar [3] is the last roll of the dice of a desperate man'~Thomas Wilson, #Africa [13] analyst http://bit.ly/hhDYao [14]

TopMada.com
topmada [15] TopMada.com

Retour Ravalomanana Conférence Live + Video sur http://www.topmada.com/ [16] ou http://www.livestream.com/madagascardemocracy [17] #madagascar [18]

Ravalomanana return – Conférence Live + Video on http://www.topmada.com/ [16] or  http://www.livestream.com/madagascardemocracy [17] #madagascar [18]

To mavana
tomavana [2] To mavana

No ultimatum had been given to former Malagasy prez Ravalomanana to leave #SouthAfrica [19] http://bit.ly/epZfC0 [20] #Madagascar [3] http://ff.im/y8vzO [21]

GTT International
GTTIntl [22] GTT International
Le plan de retour de #Ravalomanana [5] a #Madagascar [3] est ficelé, wait and see
GTTIntl [22] GTT International
Return plan tied for #Ravalomanana [5] #Madagascar [3] , wait and see
GTT International
GTTIntl [22] GTT International
Kung-Fu, réservistes, volontaires , militaires, la sécurité de #Ravalomanana [5] sera assuré samedi
Kung-Fu, reservists, volunteers, military, #Ravalomanana [5]
security will be assured next Saturday
To mavana
tomavana [2] To mavana
‘emboldened by pro- #democracy [23] demonstrations in the world’ ousted leader Ravalomanana ‘to return’ to #Madagascar [3] http://bbc.in/gZvLQ2 [24]
Jérôme
Ratsara [25] Jérôme

#Wikileaks [26] 2010-02-11 : Gompertz (..) #Madagascar [3] was “obviously a very embarrassing subject” for France http://bit.ly/gM4ZT8 [27]

Thierry Andriamirado

tandriamirado [28] Thierry Andriamirado

par barijaona
Vrai, ambassade? RT @streetrover [29]: Midi #Madagascar [3] : l’ambassade @USMadagascar [30] félicite la décision de Marc Ravalomanana http://ow.ly/1s3wlg [31] ( ed's note: This information is not verified and did not appear in the posted link)
hery
hery [7] hery
#Madagascar [3] Primature bloquer les pistes d'aerodromes locaux avec des futs remplis d'eau http://www.madatimes.com/images//1communication.pdf [32]
hery
hery [7] hery
La primature invite ses siens à bloquer la piste d'Ivato avec des futs remplis d'eau http://www.madatimes.com/images//1communication.pdf [32]
To mavana
tomavana [2] To mavana
Joaquim Chissano endosse la ‘feuille de route’ de sortie de crise #Madagascar [3] du Dr Leonardo Simão, au nom de la #SADC [33] http://bit.ly/dROVNs [34]
hery
hery [7] hery
Hmmm ezahina hosakanna hono ny fiaramanidina avy any Afrika atsimo amin'ny asabotsy? Ka raha tsy avy any izy no miditra loll
Hmmm, all  flights from South Africa not allowed to land Saturday?. And what if  he doesn't fly in  from that country loll
GTT International
GTTIntl [22] GTT International
Si vous ne pouvez pas accueillir le Président #Ravalomanana [5], signez cette pétition http://bit.ly/f6jB2l [35] pour le soutenir dans son action
If you cannot welcome the President Ravalomanana #, sign this online petitionhttp://bit.ly/f6jB2l [35] to support him in his action
Sensing a need for Malagasy citizens to get involved in the democratic process,  the US Embassy in Madagascar asks on twitter:
USEmbassy-Madagascar

USMadagascar [36] USEmbassy-Madagascar

How can you promote democratic change on an individual level? ahoan ny fampiroborobon n fiovana/fanovan demokratika eo @ tsi1/1?