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Thanks to blazin' Wi-Fi, Madagascar has found its niche as a global outsourcing hub  The Hustle

With the fastest internet in Africa, Madagascar has grown to be a major player in the BPO sector for french-speaking markets.

The Hustle
Dirco congratulates Madagascar on successful elections  EWN

The department was holding a press briefing in Johannesburg on Sunday to address issues affecting Mozambique, Madagascar and the Democratic Republic of ...

Madagascar court confirms Rajoelina presidential win  FRANCE 24 English

Madagascar's Constitutional Court on Tuesday confirmed Andry Rajoelina as the winner of the country's presidential election after his opponent had lodged a ...

FRANCE 24 English
10 reasons to visit the island of Nosy Be in Madagascar  Evening Standard

Nosy Be, which means “big island” in Malagasy, is Madagascar's most popular beach resort thanks to its laid-back towns, unique wildlife, and amazing ...

Evening Standard
Thousands protest 'election fraud' in Madagascar  Aljazeera.com

Supporters of losing candidate Marc Ravalomanana gather in Antananarivo to protest alleged fraud in runoff vote.

Madagascar Presidential Vote Loser in Surprise Capitulation  Bloomberg

Madagascar's presidential election loser Marc Ravalomanana accepted a Constitutional Court ruling that proclaimed rival Andry Rajoelina winner of the ballot, ...

Madagascar's fast internet fuels outsourcing boom  Quartz

For Madagascar, where 75% of the population lives on less than $1.90 a day, the emergence of a wealth-generating sector that creates employment is a game ...

See endangered lemurs in Madagascar  National Geographic

Coupled with habitat destruction and degradation, poaching has proven to be the direst threat to Madagascar's dwindling lemur population. Ranging in size from ...

National Geographic
Rajoelina: Madagascar's ex-'DJ' returns as new president  Daily Nation

Former president Andry Rajoelina wins run-off poll with 55.66 per cent of vote.

Daily Nation
Madagascar opposition protest ahead of court's vote verdict  News24

Hundreds of supporters of the losing Madagascar presidential candidate have staged a protest in the capital Antananarivo, rejecting the election result ahead of ...

Two ex-presidents face off in Madagascar’s elections  FRANCE 24 English

Madagascar goes to the polls for the second round of its presidential elections on Wednesday in a run-off between two ex-presidents, Marc Ravalomanana and ...

FRANCE 24 English
Madagascar football captain: 'we're more than a movie'  BBC Sport

Madagascar captain Faneva Ima Andriatsima hopes the national football team can eclipse the association of his country with a 2005 animated film.

BBC Sport
Edmonds Adi/Madagascar  Mandolin Cafe

Selling an exceptional sounding with incredible sustain Madagascar/Adirondack made by Jimmy Edmonds in Galax,VA. All top of the line appointments,eg.

Mandolin Cafe
Madagascar: Ravalomana concedes defeat, endorses Rajoelina  africanews

Following the confirmation of Andry Rajoelina as the new president of Madagascar by the country's Constitutional Court on Tuesday, his bitter rival Marc ...

Madagascar's ex-president Rajoelina looks set to return to power  FRANCE 24 English

Former Madagascan president Andry Rajoelina was set to return to power as partial election results on Saturday gave him a clear lead over his rival Marc ...

FRANCE 24 English
Madagascar Police Clash With Protesters as Vote Result Nears  Bloomberg

Madagascar's police fired tear gas to break up a fifth day of protests by supporters of Marc Ravalomanana, the loser in last month's runoff presidential election.

Madagascar's Ravalomanana sees 'injustice' in poll results  News24

Marc Ravalomanana, the former Madagascar president who has sought another term, has urged supporters to protest as he appeared headed for defeat in a ...

Madagascar’s electoral body delays results  EWN

It's looking increasingly likely the impoverished island state of Madagascar will continue living the nightmare of political instability.

Debris off Madagascar 'most likely' from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, report says  Fox News

Aircraft debris found in Madagascar is "most likely" from the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, according to a report released Sunday.

Fox News
Learning by numbers: Teachers in Madagascar use data to improve the classroom  UNICEF

AMBALATENINA, Madagascar – It's a full day's walk to reach the peaceful village of Ambalatenina, located in a remote area of eastern Madagascar. Surrounded ...

Both candidates in Madagascar presidential run-off claim victory  Reuters

ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) - Both candidates competing to become Madagascar's next president claimed victory after an election runoff, even though only a ...

Ravalomanana contests Madagascar vote result  News24

Defeated Madagascar presidential candidate Marc Ravalomanana has appealed the election's result to the country's top court, his campaign director said on ...

Chiefs trip to Madagascar a reminder of the time they were banned by CAF  TimesLIVE

Kaizer Chiefs' weekend trip to Madagascar is the second time they are heading to the giant island but it should have been three had it not been for political ...

Madagascar: Complete Collection 1-3 for Blu-ray only $10.99 (56% off)  WRAL.com

The Madagascar: Complete Collection 1-3 for Blu-ray is on sale for only $10.99 (56% off) at Amazon right now! This set has excellent reviews and includes all ...

Rare, nearly extinct duck finds new home at lake in Madagascar  Fox News

A species of duck that was once thought to be extinct for more than a decade has found a new home on a lake in northern Madagascar, the Wildfowl & Wetlands ...

Fox News
Captain Faneva Andriatsima hails Madagascar football revolution ahead of Afcon debut  Goal.com

Captain Faneva Andriatsima hails Madagascar football revolution ahead of Afcon debut.

History favours Chiefs as they travel to Madagascar to finish off Confed Cup job  TimesLIVE

Kaizer Chiefs travel to Madagascar for Saturday's Caf Confederation Cup second round‚ second leg tie against ASSM Elgeco Plus in buoyant mood after ...

Bishops of Madagascar call for peaceful, transparent election  Vatican News

The Bishops of Madagascar call for “wisdom, maturity and a sense of duty” as voters go to the polls in a presidential run-off in the African island ...

Vatican News
Opposition protests over Madagascar vote result  News24

Thousands of opposition supporters took to the streets in the capital of Madagascar to protest against the victory of ex-president Andry Rajoelina in last week's ...

Viewfinder: Protesting Election Results in Madagascar  Pacific Standard

Security forces fire tear gas into a crowd of supporters of Madagascan presidential candidate Marc Ravalomanana, breaking up a demonstration against the ...

Pacific Standard
In southern Madagascar, voters struggle for food before ballot  News24

One after another, the mothers sat their babies in the shade, on a mat placed on the dusty ground. This morning at least, their children will have enough to eat.

Kaizer Chiefs hire their own plane to Madagascar with eye on Christmas  TimesLIVE

Kaizer Chiefs will hire an expensive charter to get them to Madagascar and more importantly be back in time for Christmas.

Geingob congratulates Madagascar president-elect  Namibian

YOKANY OLIVEIRA PRESIDENT Hage Geingob has congratulated Madagascar's newly elected head of state, Andry Rajoelina, on winning the country's ...

An ex-president wins Madagascar's run-off vote  Face2Face Africa

Andry Rajoelina has emerged the winner of Madagascar's presidential run-off held on December 19, 2018. The ex-president famous for his life as an events ...

Face2Face Africa
Madagascar's land defenders call for a comprehensive framework to protect Malagasy rights  Global Voices

As Madagascar elections near, its future is up in the air, and the question of land mining and land grabs by foreign multinationals remains a key issue for ...

Global Voices
World's rarest bird gets new home in Madagascar  BBC News

Conservationists hope to save a species of duck called the Madagascar pochard from extinction.

BBC News
Madagascar begins voting in runoff presidential election between 2 former leaders | WSB-TV  WSB Atlanta

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) - Madagascar begins voting in runoff presidential election between 2 former leaders.

WSB Atlanta
MH370 latest: Debris washed up on Madagascar beach ‘most likely’ from missing flight  Evening Standard

Debris washed up on the coast of Madagascar has been confirmed as "most likely" belonging to missing flight MH370. Five pieces of debris were handed over to ...

Evening Standard
Renowned Musician From Madagascar Makes His Home In Vermont  Vermont Public Radio

Mikahely, a well-known musician from Madagascar, recently made his home in Vermont. And while he's settling in to a new country, he's also acclimating to.

Vermont Public Radio
EYE ON AFRICA - Madagascar elections: Candidates say education is a priority  FRANCE 24

Madagascar gears up for the second round of a presidential election on Wednesday. We bring you a report on one major campaign issue: a lack of education ...

World's rarest birds, once thought extinct, get a new home in Madagascar  CBC.ca

For years, the Madagascar pochard was thought to be lost forever. Now, 21 of the rare birds have been raised in captivity and released into the wild, with the ...

MH370 FOUND: Debris discovered in Madagascar gives huge boost to families  Express.co.uk

AIRCRAFT debris found in Madagascar is most likely from the missing MH370 flight, officials have confirmed, giving *fresh* new hope for families of victims who ...

EYE ON AFRICA - Madagascar presidential election: Last day of campaigning ahead of Wednesday's vote  FRANCE 24

On tonight's programme we bring you the latest from Madagascar's last day of campaigning ahead of Wednesday's presidential election. We also take a look at ...

Chiefs targeting an away goal in Madagascar  SowetanLIVE Sunday World

Kaizer Chiefs defender Mario Booysen has said that they will not take the foot off the pedal when they take on Elgeco Plus in the Caf Confederation Cup‚ second ...

SowetanLIVE Sunday World
Visiting Vet: Charlotte the Coton de Tulear  Martha's Vineyard Times

Charlotte is a Coton de Tulear. What's that? A breed of dog named for the town of Tulear (now called Toliara) on the island of Madagascar, off the southeastern ...

Martha's Vineyard Times
Debris Likely From Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Found in Madagascar  The Epoch Times

The Malaysian government's Safety Investigation Team for MH370 has confirmed that debris found in Malaysia is probably from the lost Malaysia Airlines jet.

The Epoch Times
Kaizer Chiefs Travel To Madagascar On Friday  Soccer Laduma

Kaizer Chiefs have confirmed their plans for the second leg of their CAF Confederation Cup clash this week, though a few of their players could be in doubt for ...

Soccer Laduma
Review: Madagascar - A Musical Adventure JR hard to fault  New Zealand Herald

Rotorua Musical Theatre's latest production is hard to fault.

New Zealand Herald
Madagascar election outcome is a US setback  cajnews.co.zw

from MARIO RAJOMAZANDRY in Antananarivo, MadagascarANTANANARIVO, (CAJ News) – THE just-concluded elections in Madagas.

EXTRA TIME: Watch Madagascar's ambassador welcome Kaizer Chiefs  Goal.com

Amakhosi learnt from their experience in Zanzibar during the Caf Confederation Cup.

Madagascar Pochards: History made as world's rarest bird released into the wild  CBBC Newsround

A duck thought to be extinct for 15 years has been brought back from the brink and given a new home on a remote lake in Madagascar.

CBBC Newsround
Whales share songs from other oceans  EarthSky

Singing humpback whales from different ocean basins seem to be picking up musical ideas from afar, and incorporating these new phrases and themes into ...

Madagascar pochard: World’s rarest bird believed to be extinct for 15 years released into wild  The Independent

A duck that was thought to be extinct for 15 years has been brought back from the brink and given a new home on a remote lake in Madagascar. Some 21 ...

The Independent
More Than Half of Coffee Species Are in Danger of Extinction  Popular Mechanics

The beans that made your morning cup of joe probably from one of the two species of coffee: Arabica or Robusta. Those two are responsible for most of the ...

Popular Mechanics
Zoo Crew, 1/7/18 - Madagascar Tree Boa  KMPH Fox 26

It's time for the Great Day Zoo Crew where the wildlife at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo comes to you. Zookeeper Amber Talley visited Great Day with a Madagascar ...

KMPH Fox 26
The Madagascar pochard, one of the world's rarest birds, gets new home  The Straits Times

One of the rarest birds in the world, thought to be extinct just over a decade ago, has been given a new home.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

The Straits Times
Two Bitter Rivals Raise the Stakes in Madagascar’s Presidential Election  World Politics Review

On Dec. 19, voters in Madagascar will elect their next president in a second-round runoff pitting two ex-presidents and bitter rivals against each other. There is ...

World Politics Review
Madagascar Meteorite Came from the Early Solar System, Experts Find  Space.com

This past summer, people in Madagascar saw an ancient 4.5 billion-year-old meteor from the early solar system come crashing down.

US diplomat found dead in Madagascar  BBC News

An investigation is under way after a US foreign *service* officer was found dead in Madagascar, the US state department says. The unnamed officer was found at ...

BBC News
Wealthy Madagascar candidates woo skeptical voters trapped by poverty  Reuters

No matter who wins Madagascar's presidential election next week, Soloniaina Rakotomamonjy wants the victor to bring jobs to a country shackled by poverty ...

Madagascar: three presidents, three crises  News24

Madagascar's past three presidents all had their terms tarnished by political crises. Two of them - Marc Ravalomanana and Andry Rajoelina - are through to ...

Madagascar to vote for familiar faces in presidential polls  Chicago Daily Herald

Voters in Madagascar will go to the polls Wednesday to elect a president with hopes that a new leader will take this Indian Ocean island nation out of chronic ...

Chicago Daily Herald
Madagascar, troubled vanilla island  News24

The Indian Ocean island of Madagascar is the leading global producer of vanilla and blessed with a bountiful biodiversity, yet it remains one of the poorest ...

‘I felt immersed in a great Victorian adventure’ – my meeting with Madagascar's most intriguing tribe  The Telegraph

It's often said that, of Madagascar's 18 peoples, the Sakalavas are the most unpredictable – and the most intriguing. I didn't appreciate this until I heard the ...

The Telegraph
Masoala peninsula: Madagascar's last untouched rainforest  CNN

With forests filled with wildlife like nowhere on Earth, Madagascar's Masoala peninsula offers a remote luxury escape.

Madagascar Is Opening Up Fresh Waters to Fossil Fuel Interests  Pacific Standard

The country is offering more than 20000 miles of untouched ocean in the Mozambique Channel for future oil exploration.

Pacific Standard
Madagascar's presidential runoff pits 2 ex-heads of state  Fox News

The Indian Ocean island nation of Madagascar goes to the polls on Wednesday for a runoff presidential election that features two former heads of state who ...

Fox News
Deadly stadium stampede at Madagascar v Senegal match  BBC News

At least one person died and many were injured as football fans tried to get through a single entrance.

BBC News
Madagascar rivals set for election run-off  News24

Two former presidents of Madagascar look set to compete in a hotly-contested run-off election in December after partial results have showed they were ...

Madagascar election observers report 'very minor' anomalies  Al Jazeera English

Regional and European observers deny serious irregularities, as alleged by a former president.

Al Jazeera English
Former Madagascar leaders head to election runoff  Al Jazeera English

Two former presidents of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina and Marc Ravalomanana, have topped polls in the country's latest election, results have shown, and are ...

Al Jazeera English
Madagascar: claims for early settlement debunked  Cosmos

Recent splashy headlines claiming that humans arrived on the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar as early as 10,000 years ago are almost certainly wrong.

Madagascar ex-presidents to compete in runoff election  Al Jazeera English

Marc Ravalomanana and Andry Rajoelina will contest second round election on December 19, country's top court says.

Al Jazeera English
Madagascar secure first ever AFCON appearance  ESPN

Madagascar have qualified for their first ever Africa Cup of Nations after defeating Equatorial Guinea 1-0 in Antananarivo on Tuesday to become the first team to ...

Rich in Agriculture, Madagascar Suffers from Extreme Malnutrition - Madagascar  ReliefWeb

English News and Press Release on Madagascar about Disaster Management, Food and Nutrition, Children, Women, Drought and more; published on 24 Oct ...

Locked up and punished for being poor in Madagascar  Amnesty International

People who have not been found guilty of any crime are dying in Madagascar's prisons due to appalling conditions. Read about how Malagasy authorities' ...

Amnesty International
New find clears Madagascar's first settlers of wiping out world's largest bird  Science Magazine

Lying about 425 kilometers off the African coast, Madagascar was long thought to be one of the last corners of Earth to be settled. This week in Science ...

Science Magazine
Madagascar women jailed for crimes male relatives are accused of  BBC News

Women in Madagascar are being put in prison for months - or even years - for crimes their male relatives are accused of.

BBC News
Top Madagascar presidential hopeful alleges vote 'manipulation'  News24

The frontrunner in Madagascar's presidential race has accused election officials of "manipulation" in compiling results that showed him short of the absolute ...

Alcide to stir rough surf along Madagascar coast into early week  AccuWeather.com

Alcide, the first named storm of the 2018-2019 southwest Indian Ocean cyclone season, will stir rough seas along the Madagascar coast into early week.

Fifa appoints normalisation committee to run Madagascar Football Federation  BBC Sport

Fifa appoints a normalisation committee to run the affairs of Madagascar's Football Federation with its mandate to organise elections before May 2019.

BBC Sport
Madagascar: Next government must end human rights violations  Amnesty International

The next government of Madagascar must bring an end to the brutal suppression of human rights in the country, Amnesty International said ahead of the island ...

Amnesty International
Madagascar's president concedes defeat in first round of presidential polls  IOL

President Hery Rajaonarimampianina conceded defeat in his bid for a second term after coming third in the first round of ...

Madagascar: fear and violence making rainforest conservation more challenging than ever  Phys.Org

People are too afraid to return to the village so they are sleeping in the forest or have left altogether. They have lost their stored grain and all their belongings.

Back to the future in Madagascar  Daily Maverick

The international community might need to intervene once again after the run-off elections on 19 December. By Liesl Louw-Vaudran.

Daily Maverick
SA man held in Madagascar jail for 3 months without trial  News24

A South African man has been in prison in Madagascar for three months on what his wife claims are trumped-up charges.

Madagascar poll organiser denies graft claims  News24

Madagascar's Ceni election commission has hit back at allegations made by a leading presidential hopeful that officials involved in tallying results acted ...

Madagascar: UN chief commends nation on first round of peaceful elections  UN News

The results of the first round of voting to choose Madagascar's next President were announced on Wednesday, prompting the UN chief to commend the peaceful ...

UN News
2 ex-presidents lead as votes counted in Madagascar election  WMC

Two former presidents of Madagascar are neck and neck as votes are being counted in the presidential election that seeks to end years of political instability in ...

Tricycle Ice Cream Opening Up Shop on Saturday  Rhode Island Monthly

Tricycle Ice Cream is opening its shop doors this Saturday and Sunday at 70 Battey Street in Providence (the former north Bakery location). The business ...

Rhode Island Monthly
Madagascar: Measles Outbreak - Oct 2018  Reliefweb

Madagascar has been experiencing a measles outbreak since early October 2018. The outbreak started in the urban health district of Antananarivo Renivohitra ...

Madagascar choose Vontovorona to stage Afcon qualifiers  BBC Sport

Madagascar have chosen Vontovorona as their new home venue for the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers following a stampede at the national ...

BBC Sport
Madagascar ex-president Rajoelina leads in vote count - initial results  EWN

Rajoelina and rival Marc Ravalomanana were frontrunners in the 7 November vote in the poor Indian Ocean island that has struggled with instability since ...

Madagascar presidential hopeful sues over poll conduct  News24

Presidential hopeful Marc Ravalomanana has lodged over 50 complaints at Madagascar's top court about the conduct of presidential polls to "correct ...

Madagascar presidential polls: Here's everything you need to know  africanews

The Malagasy people will head to the polls on Wednesday November 7th to vote for a president, who they hope can end the political turmoil that has rocked the ...

Figure of the week: Financial inclusion in Madagascar  Brookings Institution

Financial access is growing rapidly in Madagascar: From 2014 to 2017, the percent of adults that had a financial account or used mobile money services ...

Brookings Institution
Uncertainty in Madagascar poll — the wait is on for c...  Daily Maverick

The results of the first round of Madagascar's presidential elections are in and awaiting finalisation by the courts, but the two biggest candidates, Marc ...

Daily Maverick
New perspective on how lemurs got to Madagascar  BBC News

The lemurs of Madagascar are at the centre of a new mystery. Scientists believe the story of how they arrived on the island is more complex than we thought.

BBC News
Madagascar seeks to emulate Mozambique  Petroleum Economist

In the week that the citizens of Madagascar go to the polls in the first round of their presidential election, a new licensing round, covering 44 offshore blocks in ...

Petroleum Economist
Six women show up Madagascar's infamous justice system  Mail and Guardian

In October this year, Amnesty International published a report which exposes the range of human rights violations that occur. (Richard Burton/Amnesty ...

Mail and Guardian

Madagascar Videos

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Madagascar (2005) - Alex Goes Crazy Scene (7/10) | Movieclips
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Madagascar 3 Los Fugitivos español latino dibujos animados Escena final
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Madagascar (2005) Full Story
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Madagascar (Documentary, Discovery, History)
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[Official] First Four and a Half Minutes | PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR
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Madagascar (2005) - I Like to Move It Move It Scene (5/10) | Movieclips
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Train et paysage entre Fiana et Manakara photo
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Blog | Youth For The Environment - Y4TE
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At 592,800 square kilometres (228,900 sq mi), Madagascar is the world's 47th largest country and the fourth-largest island. The country lies mostly between latitudes 12°S and 26°S, and longitudes 43°E and 51°E.
Explore Madagascar holidays and discover the best time and places to visit. | Lemurs, baobabs, rainforest, desert, hiking and diving: Madagascar is a dream destination for outdoors enthusiasts – half the fun is getting to all these incredible attractions.
Aidan William Southall Land. Madagascar is located in the southwestern Indian Ocean and is separated from the African coast by the 250-mile- (400-km-) wide Mozambique Channel.
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Directed by Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath. With Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith. A group of animals who have spent all their life in a New York zoo end up in the jungles of Madagascar, and must adjust to living in the wild.
Madagascar is a country that occupies a large island of the same name, located in the Indian Ocean off the eastern coast of Africa.It is the fourth largest island in the world.
Exercise increased precautions in Madagascar due to civil unrest and crime.. Madagascar is preparing for presidential elections in 2018. There is an increased risk for civil unrest related to the elections during demonstrations and political rallies.
The official site for Penguins of Madagascar, All Hail King Julien and all Madagascar movies, shows, specials, and more!
The sequel to 2005's "Madagascar", in which New York Zoo animals, Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo, still stranded on Madagascar, start to leave the island.
Madagascar is a 2005 American computer-animated adventure comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by DreamWorks Pictures.It was directed by Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath from a screenplay by Mark Burton, Billy Frolick, Darnell, and McGrath, and features the voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, and Jada Pinkett Smith, with Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the ...

Madagascar Wiki

Madagascar (; Malagasy: Madagasikara), officially the Republic of Madagascar (Malagasy: Repoblikan'i Madagasikara Malagasy pronunciation: [republiˈkʲan madaɡasˈkʲarə̥]; French: République de Madagascar), and previously known as the Malagasy Republic, is an island country in the Indian Ocean, approximately 250 miles off the coast of East Africa. The nation comprises the island of Madagascar (the fourth-largest island in the world) and numerous smaller peripheral islands. Following the prehistoric breakup of the supercontinent Gondwana, Madagascar split from the Indian subcontinent around 88 million years ago, allowing native plants and animals to evolve in relative isolation. Consequently, Madagascar is a biodiversity hotspot; over 90% of its wildlife is found nowhere else on Earth. The island's diverse ecosystems and unique wildlife are threatened by the encroachment of the rapidly growing human population and other environmental threats.The first archaeological evidence for human foraging on Madagascar may have occurred as much as 10,000 years ago. Human settlement of Madagascar occurred between 350 BC and 550 AD by Austronesian peoples, arriving on outrigger canoes from Borneo. These were joined around the 9th century AD by Bantu migrants crossing the Mozambique Channel from East Africa. Other groups continued to settle on Madagascar over time, each one making lasting contributions to Malagasy cultural life. The Malagasy ethnic group is often divided into 18 or more subgroups, of which the largest are the Merina of the central highlands.Until the late 18th century, the island of Madagascar was ruled by a fragmented assortment of shifting sociopolitical alliances. Beginning in the early 19th century, most of the island was united and ruled as the Kingdom of Madagascar by a series of Merina nobles. The monarchy ended in 1897 when the island was absorbed into the French colonial empire, from which the island gained independence in 1960. The autonomous state of Madagascar has since undergone four major constitutional periods, termed republics. Since 1992, the nation has officially been governed as a constitutional democracy from its capital at Antananarivo. However, in a popular uprising in 2009, president Marc Ravalomanana was made to resign and presidential power was transferred in March 2009 to Andry Rajoelina. Constitutional governance was restored in January 2014, when Hery Rajaonarimampianina was named president following a 2013 election deemed fair and transparent by the international community. Madagascar is a member of the United Nations, the African Union (AU), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie.Madagascar belongs to the group of least developed countries, according to the United Nations. Malagasy and French are both official languages of the state. The majority of the population adheres to traditional beliefs, Christianity, or an amalgamation of both. Ecotourism and agriculture, paired with greater investments in education, health, and private enterprise, are key elements of Madagascar's development strategy. Under Ravalomanana, these investments produced substantial economic growth, but the benefits were not evenly spread throughout the population, producing tensions over the increasing cost of living and declining living standards among the poor and some segments of the middle class. As of 2017, the economy has been weakened by the 2009–2013 political crisis, and quality of life remains low for the majority of the Malagasy population.