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Madagascar: Generals arrested for alleged plot to kill President

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Five generals are among 21 people arrested in connection with an alleged plot to assassinate President of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina.

The generals are part of a total of 12 military personnel arrested over the attempted coup, a senior prosecutor said.

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Six people including a French citizen were also arrested last month for their roles in the plot with officials saying this was unraveled as a months-long investigation.

Berthine Razafiarivony, of the Antananarivo court of appeal said on Sunday that four retired foreigners and five civilians were also arrested.

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“The physical evidence in the hands of the investigators is tangible and made it possible to identify the main instigators of the operation,” Razafiarivony said.

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President Andry Rajoelina in 2018 won a presidential run-off vote by almost 56%, defeating former president, Marc Ravalomanana.

Ravalomanana was President from 2002 to 2009 before he was ousted in a military-backed coup.

Rajoelina was installed as President and held power until 2014.

Madagascar is however facing many economic challenges including a prolonged drought that has thrown many families into starvation.

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Madagascar has the fourth-highest malnutrition rate in the world and the current drought isn’t helping matters anymore.

 

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Source: Africafeeds.com

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