Seven years ago Madagascar was rocked by violence as a political coup turned bloody. When a relative calm was restored to allow a fresh election, the man left standing was Hery Rajonarimampianina, who became president two years ago.
But his time at the top has been troubled; so far marked by a move launched by both his supporters and rivals to throw him out of office last year.
The bid to unseat him was rejected by the Constitutional Court but the ripples of unrest are still being felt. Tokunbo Salako met the president in France last week and asked him about his plans to reunite the country and how he will use its rich resources to stimulate growth.