A former president of Madagascar who has been exiled in France for nearly a decade has returned to his Indian Ocean island homeland.
President Didier Ratsiraka's return on Thursday was an encouraging sign, but Madagascar's politics remain troubled.
A new prime minister and unity Cabinet that took office earlier this month were greeted with protests by some opposition figures and skepticism from the international community.
Marc Ravalomanana, the president ousted in a 2009 coup, remains exiled in South Africa. Coup leader Andry Rajoelina continues to hold onto ultimate power.
Ratsiraka, president from 1975-1991 and 1996-2002, kissed the ground after flying into the capital Thursday.