Marc Ravalomanana, the President of Madagascar (pictured here) was sworn in for his second term on Friday. On Saturday he nominated General Charles Rabemananjara, the Army Chief of Staff, as his new prime minister.
Madagascar used to be home to one of the most unusual political situations in the world- a country with two presidents.
It started in 2001 when Mr. Ravalomanana won an election, beating the longtime dictator Admiral Didier Ratsiraka, who had been in power more or less continuously since 1975. But dictators do not go easily, and Mr. Ratsiraka refused to step down. And neither did the other guy. The extreme stubbornness of both men eventually resulted in them both declaring themselves president, and both forming governments. Said the Guardian at the time, "the impasse has left the island with two presidents, two cabinets, two central bank directors, two capitals - and one suffering population."
The madness of two governments continued for about a year, and there was something of a low-intensity civil war between the forces of the two presidents. Admiral Ratsiraka eventually gave up, and fled into exile in France. Ravalomanana was re-elected as sole president in December.
The re-fascisization of Serbia
Serbia is one of the world's newest countries; it broke up with Montenegro in June of last year. Yesterday the nation held its first parliamentary elections since independence.
Historically the Serbians have been a very difficult people to deal with, and their tendency towards extreme nationalism has caused a lot of problems over the last 100 years, from the murder of Franz Ferdinand to the wars of the late 1990's over the status of Kosovo. In recent years their ambitions had been curbed somewhat by the fact that they'd been forced to participate in mutli-ethnic states, first in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and then in the Federation of Serbia and Montenegro. But now that they're all by themselves, they can be as radical as they want to be, and no longer have to compromise with anyone.
The Radical Party used to be led by Milosevic's vice president, but he was arrested in 2003 and is currently on trial in the Hague for crimes against humanity. So now the acting leader is Milosevic's other vice president, Tomislav Nikolić (seen here). He will likely become the new prime minister of Serbia now, unless the other parties in the parliament form some sort of elaborate coalition to keep him out of power.