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Madagascar is famous for its biodiversity and its new president-elect rode to victory on promises to combat corruption, lift people out of poverty — and protect natural resources. Now scientists are pressing Andry Rajoelina — who will be sworn in on 19 January — to make good on those pledges, starting with halting the destruction of the country’s world-class forests.