Paris Match interview: President Hery Rajaonarimampianina responds to accusations

Paris Match interview: President Hery Rajaonarimampianina responds to accusations

What to remember from the interview of Hery Rajaonarimampianina by Paris Match? The current president of Madagascar will never have occupied the media space since the crisis of April 21, 2018. After an interview with RFI , the tenant Iavoloha answered on Saturday, May 19 to the questions of a reporter from Paris Match.

Unlike his predecessors who had chosen to cultivate the rarity of their interventions, Hery Rajaonarimampianina chose the omnipresence media. Moreover, the Head of State has recently multiplied television appearances, but not only. After an exclusive interview with RFI, the president invited a reporter from the Paris Match newspaper on Saturday 19 May to answer his questions.

Hery Rajaonarimampianina wants to win back Malagasy hearts

The speech of the current tenant of Iavoloha finds its justification in the light of this most tense social context: the controversial laws of the constitution, the anger of the people, the increase of insecurity and poverty , and , since last month, that of the deadly repressions of April 21, 2018. The social fronts are multiplying exponentially, without it being possible to delimit them for the moment. In short, the HVM movement is currently in crisis.

Hence this succession of media appearance to win back the hearts of Malagasy. But to talk too much, is not there a risk of fatigue?

Here is an excerpt from the interview he gave to Paris Match:

Paris Match: The new electoral law voted at the end of April triggered the anger of the opposition, do you understand?

Hery Rajaonarimampianina: No, especially since these laws are the result of an inclusive process. In 2016, everyone was invited to participate in workshops.

Paris Match: The repression of the opposition demonstrations caused 2 dead and 17 wounded. Do you have any progress on the sensible committee investigated on these victims?

Hery Rajaonarimampianina: There was no repression! We had information about the use of violence by the demonstrators. Watching the big rocks, it was not fortuitous. The videos show that the origin of one of the two deaths does not come from the armed forces. There was a desire to create a bloodbath, but the military NEVER, NEVER received any instructions to shoot.

Paris Match: The opposition filed a motion for the President of the Republic to withdraw from the HCC, which found it admissible. Yesterday you presented your memorandum of defense. The HCC now has fifteen days to decide. What are your forecasts ?

Hery Rajaonarimampianina: No predictions. But I am confident about the defense I presented. On the purely legal side, there should be nothing to fear because the grounds are unfounded. I can not substitute for the HCC, but that should be out of order. I remain confident about the responsibility of the HCC.

Paris Match: How do you hope to convince the Malagasy who are experiencing an ever increasing level of poverty and at the same time the increase in prices of rice and gasoline?

Hery Rajaonarimampianina: When I arrived on January 25, 2014, the country was sanctioned from all over economically, financially, diplomatically. We were isolated from all over the world. When we needed the most funding, our means were limited. I am the only president in 50 years who inherited such a situation. According to the donors, the extreme poverty rate was 92%. Today it is reduced to 70%. Efforts have been made since. As for inflation, the rate was during my term of 6 to 7%. Between 2002 and 2009, it was over 9%! The price of fuel is the consequence of the increase in the price of a barrel. We chose the price truth policy, but with accompanying measures by subsidies for public transport.

Paris Match: Yet, a film circulates on the internet, showing your Prime Minister delivering cash in cash to convince a member of the opposition to vote the electoral law.

Hery Rajaonarimampianina: A similar video that was recently shown and that dates from 2015. It shows deputies in a room giving money. It was at the moment when a dismissal procedure was initiated against me, and the corruptors were the ones who now accuse me of corruption!

Paris Match: Was your Prime Minister not trapped by a camera?

Hery Rajaonarimampianina: I did not see anything like it. Nothing that shows money exchanges.