Senior judge elected again senate president in Madagascar

Honore Rakotomanana, a Malagasy senior judge, who was already Madagascar's Senate president in 2001, was elected again to be senate president on Tuesday during the first meeting of senate members.

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Rakotomanana, proposed by the ruling party Hery Vaovaon’I Madagasikara (HVM) or New Force of Madagascar, was elected by 60 out of 62 senate members present at the first meeting, one was absent at the meeting.

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“We should be worthy of the power we have because our task is very high,” Rakotomanana, who was already the first Deputy Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in 1995, said during his speech.
After resuming the task of senate members, Rakotomanana promised to all Malagasy people from the President of Republic to the simple citizen, to restore stability in the country.

After the election of 42 members of senate members on Dec. 29, 2015 followed by the appointment of 21 others by the president of republic Hery Rajaonarimampianina on Jan. 22, 2016, Madagascar’s senate held its first meeting on Tuesday.

Madagascar has a bicameral parliament, including the national assembly or the lower house compounded by 151 seats and the senate or the upper house composed by 63 members.

Forty-two of senate members were elected by mayors and their counselors on Dec. 29, 2015 while the 21 remaining were appointed by the president of republic Hery Rajaonarimampianina on Feb.1, 2016.

The installation of senate members is important because, beside their works to adopt the law, two of senate members will compose also the High Court of Justice, the only court which can judge the president and top leaders of the country. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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