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tributes to former president Didier Ratsiraka before his burial

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                La Grande Île paid tribute to its former president Didier Ratsiraka, before his burial in the mausoleum of Antananarivo.  The funeral convoy of the former president stopped at the end of the morning at the State Palace of Iavoloha, a palace he had, moreover, built in 1975. An official ceremony, with the current head of the State, Didier Ratsiraka's family, relatives, members of his AREMA party and the diplomatic corps took place in the Cour d'Honneur of the Palace.
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                                    <p><em>With our correspondent in Antananarivo,</em> <strong>Like Laetitia</strong>

The ceremony ended at the end of the morning and the funeral convoy of the former president then passed through the various districts of the capital to allow the Malagasy, who went out in the street, to greet and pay a final tribute to the Admiral Didier Ratsiraka.

The military honor ceremony took place in the courtyard of the State Palace. A large portrait of the former president and his coffin in the center, surrounded on one side by the various bodies of the Malagasy armed forces and, of course, of the Madagascan navy. On the other side, the heads of institutions, his family or even members of his party, AREMA.

The ceremony began with a worship, before the speech of the Madagascan president: “ Admiral Didier Ratsiraka is unlike any other », Declared Andry Rajoelina who returned to the twenty-one year in power of the former head of state and in particular his commitment to education, with the construction of public primary schools, in each district, middle and high schools in all districts.

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It was then Didier Ratsiraka’s brother who recalled childhood and youth memories of the former president. Didier Ratsiraka is buried this Monday afternoon in the mausoleum of the capital, a mausoleum he had built for the Malagasy nationalist fighters who had lost their lives, during the insurrection of March 29, 1947 against the former French colonists.

Read also: National mourning in Madagascar after the death of former president Didier Ratsiraka

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Source site www.rfi.fr

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