The Madagascan prosecutor’s office announced that it had foiled an assassination attempt on President Andry Rajoelina, and arrested several people on Tuesday, July 20. “Foreign and Malagasy” for “Endangering the security of the State”. Among these people arrested are two French, AFP learned Thursday (July 22) from a diplomatic source.
“According to the material evidence in our possession, these individuals have devised a plan to eliminate and neutralize various Malagasy personalities including the head of state”Attorney General Berthine Razafiarivony told the press this Wednesday, July 21, without further clarification either on this evidence or on the circumstances of these arrests. “At this stage of the investigation which continues, the general prosecutor’s office ensures that all the light will be shed on this affair”, she added. The Malagasy Taratra agency, under the supervision of the Ministry of Communication, informed that the two French arrested, Philippe F. and Paul R., would be retired former officers.
Assassination attempt foiled on June 26
During the celebration of Madagascar’s independence day, on June 26, the gendarmerie had already announced that it had foiled an assassination attempt on the Secretary of State in charge of the gendarmerie, the right-hand man of the president, General Richard Ravalomanana .
One of the poorest countries in the world, Madagascar has experienced many serious political crises for 20 years. The Big Island has been almost locked since the Covid-19 pandemic, and the famine is currently hitting a region in the south of the country head-on.