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Former Malagasy President Albert Zafy dies

Former Malagasy President Albert Zafy died Friday at the St Pierre-La Reunion Hospital at the age of 90, following a stroke last Wednesday.Born on May 1, 1927 in Ambilobe, Madagascar, “the man in the straw hat” had drawn attention to himself during the great march of Mavoloha in 1991, in which the “Rasalama” forces of which he was the leader, were fiercely opposed to the regime of Didier Ratsiraka.

After the carnage at the palace of Iavoloha, the politicians had agreed to set up the State High Authority which will be headed by Professor Zafy Albert.

This transition will last from 1991 to 1993.


In 1993, he won the presidential election against Admiral Didier Ratsiraka and acceded to the head of the 3rd Republic.

His reign ended on September 5, 1996, after the National Assembly adopted a motion of censure.

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