Madagascar police arrest six over alleged plot to kill President

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Police in Madagascar this week arrested six people, including one foreign citizen suspected of plotting to kill the president following what officials said was a month-long investigation.

Madagascar has a history of political violence. Former 44-year-old coup leader Andry Rajoelina was sworn in  as President in 2019 after a hard-fought election and a constitutional court challenge from his rival.

“According to the evidence in our possession, these individuals had devised a plan for the elimination and neutralisation of a number of people including the Head of State,” the Attorney General said in a statement.

It added that investigations were still ongoing. The arrests were made on Tuesday.

Rajoelina first seized power in the deeply impoverished former French colony of 26 million in a March 2009 coup, ousting Marc Ravalomanana. He remained in control as the head of a transitional government until 2014.

In the 2019 elections, Ravalomanana challenged Rajoelina, lost, and cried fraud.

Nine out of 10 Madagascans live on less than $2 a day. Climate change and deforestation have exacerbated the worst drought for four decades in the south of the island.


Olajumoke Adeleke/Reuters

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