First Lady of Madagascar

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First Lady of Madagascar
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Voahanagy Rajaonarimampianina.jpg
Incumbent
Voahangy Rajaonarimampianina

since January 14, 2014
Residence Iavoloha Palace
Inaugural holder Justine Tsiranana
Formation June 26, 1960
Website First Lady of Madagascar

The First Lady of Madagascar is the title attributed to the wife of the President of Madagascar.[1] The country's current first lady is Voahangy Rajaonarimampianina, wife of President Hery Rajaonarimampianina, who had held the position since January 14, 2014. There has been no First Gentleman of Madagascar to date.

First Ladies of Madagascar

Name Portrait Term Began Term Ended President of Madagascar Notes
Justine Tsiranana Justine Tsiranana.jpg June 26, 1960 October 11, 1972 Philibert Tsiranana Born Justine Kalitody, Tsiranana was the inaugural First Lady of Madagascar. She married Philibert Tsiranana on January 29, 1933, at a ceremony in the village of Antsirabe, Mandritsara District.[1]
Marcelle Larguier October 11, 1972 February 5, 1975 Gabriel Ramanantsoa Marcelle Larguier married Ramanantsoa at a Catholic ceremony in Faravohitra on May 26, 1934.[1]
Thérèse Ratsimandrava February 5, 1975 February 11, 1975 Richard Ratsimandrava Born Thérèse Razafindramoizina, she married Colonel Richard Ratsimandrava on September 22, 1956. The couple had five children.[1] Her husband became head of the military government on February 5, 1975. Ratsimandrava was first lady just six days before Colonel Ratsimandrava's assassination on February 11, 1975.[1] Thérèse Ratsimandrava died in August 2001.[1]
Unknown February 12, 1975 June 15, 1975 Gilles Andriamahazo General Gilles Andriamahazo was the transitional president of the military government following Ratsimandrava's assassination. He never appeared with his wife in public during his short tenure.[1]
Céline Ratsiraka June 15, 1975 March 27, 1993 Didier Ratsiraka The country's longest tenured first lady, Ratsiraka was born Céline Velonjara.[1] In 1964, she married a young naval officer, Didier Ratsiraka, in a Catholic ceremony.[1] They have four children - Olga, Annick, Xavier, and Sophie.[1]
Thérèse Auguste Zafimahova March 27, 1993 September 5, 1996 Albert Zafy Born Thérèse Auguste Zafimahova, she was the wife of President Albert Zafy. The couple had three children.[1] Former President Zafy died in October 2017.
Unknown September 5, 1996 February 9, 1997 Norbert Ratsirahonana Norbert Ratsirahonana was interim president from 1996 to 1997. The name of his wife is unknown.[1]
Céline Ratsiraka February 9, 1997 May 6, 2002 Didier Ratsiraka Céline Ratsiraka's second tenure as first lady
Lalao Ravalomanana Lalao Ravalomanana.jpg May 6, 2002 March 17, 2009 Marc Ravalomanana Lalao Ravalomanana married her husband, Marc Ravalomanana, in 1974. In April 2013, shortly after returning from exile in South Africa, Lalao Ravalomanana announced her candidacy in the 2013 presidential election.[2] However, Lalao Ravalomanana was barred from running for not having lived in Madagascar for 6 months before the poll[3] In 2015, she was elected Mayor of Antananarivo.
Mialy Rajoelina Andry et Mialy Rajoelina, allée des Baobabs, 22 avril 2012.jpg March 17, 2009 January 25, 2014 Andry Rajoelina Born Mialy Razakandisa, she met Andry Rajoelina in 1994 while completing her senior year at a high school in Antananarivo. The couple dated long-distance for six years while she completed her undergraduate and masters studies in Paris. The couple married in 2000.
Voahangy Rajaonarimampianina Voahanagy Rajaonarimampianina.jpg January 25, 2014 Present Hery Rajaonarimampianina First Lady since 2014. The couple married at a ceremony held at the Ambohinaorina Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM) in Sabotsy Namehana.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Madagascar First ladies : De Justine à Voahangy, en passant par les deux Thérèse". Madagate.com. 2014-02-14. Archived from the original on 2017-10-15. Retrieved 2017-10-15. 
  2. ^ Iloniaina, Alain (2013-04-25). "Wife of Madagascar's ousted president makes leadership bid". Reuters. Archived from the original on 2017-10-15. Retrieved 2017-10-15. 
  3. ^ Polgreen, Lydia (18 August 2013). "Top Presidential Candidates Barred From Election in Madagascar". New York Times. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 

External links

  • First Lady of the Republic of Madagascar (French)
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