Madagascar’s longtime former leader Didier Ratsiraka, a naval officer and instigator of a socialist revolution on the Indian Ocean island, died on Sunday morning at age 84.
President Andry Rajoelina who announced this on twitter said the Malagasy have lost an illustrious patriot.
The cause of death was not immediately disclosed.
Ratsiraka was in power from 1975 until 1991 and returned for another stint from 1997 to 2002.
In 2013, he planned a political comeback but was struck off the list of candidates contesting the island’s presidency.