Former Madagascar president wins African political leadership award

Madagascar’s former president, Marc Ravalomanana, has been nominated as African Person of the Year 2017 for Political Leadership.

Ravalomanana, who spent more than five years in exile in South Africa after being deposed in an illegal 2009 coup d’état, was honoured by African Leadership Magazine at an awards banquet in Sandton in Johannesburg on Saturday night.

One of seven African Persons of the Year, Ravalomanana’s award recognised “an African, who has immensely contributed to deepening democracy and democratic values on the continent”.

More than 288,000 people voted to elect the seven Persons of the Year. The awards, which are in their 6th year, see a shortlist of nominees gathered via a call for nominations promoted across Africa, Europe, and the…

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