Rajaonarimampianina strikes again ...

2014-01-30 13:32

Madagascar president Hery Rajaonarimampianina’s almost impossible-to-pronounce name has claimed another victim when the official chairing the annual African Union (AU) summit stumbled over his name when announcing him.

The French-speaking official made delegates at the summit – which included heads of state from all over Africa – giggle as she struggled to get through Rajaonarimampianina’s long surname.

He spoke at the opening session of the AU general assembly after Madagascar was this week readmitted to the organisation following a four-year suspension because of a coup against the country’s previously elected president, Marc Ravalomanana.

The country recently held elections and Rajaonarimampianina was elected and inaugurated over the weekend.

An emotional Rajaonarimampianina expressed his gratitude to the AU for readmitting his country. “Now the real work will begin,” he said, adding that Madagascar had to walk a road to reconciliation and fight against corruption, among others.

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