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The Republic of Madagascar – formerly the Malagasy Republic – is an island nation off the eastern coast of southern Africa.

From the late 1880s to 1960, Madagascar was a colony and later an overseas territory of France. French troops suppressed an armed rebellion in 1947; thousands were killed during the fighting.

After a period of civil unrest in 1972, President Philibert Tsiranana handed executive power to a military regime led by Gen. Gabriel Ramanantsoa. Under the new...

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