ANTANANARIVO, July 22 (Hfrance.fr) - Madagascan police this week arrested six people, including a foreign national, suspected of having plotted to kill the president following what officials in the 'Indian Ocean The island nation said it was a multi-month investigation.
Madagascar adhistory of political violence. Former coup leader Andry Rajoelina, 44, was sworn in as president in 2019 after a fierce election and a constitutional court challenge by his rival.
"According to the evidence in our possession, these individuals had drawn up a plan for the elimination and neutralization of a number of people including the Head of State, The attorney general said in a statement.
He added that the investigations were still ongoing. The arrests were made on Tuesday.
Officials did not give details of the extent of the plot or how far it was going when the suspects were apprehended. The attorney general's statement did not specify the nationality of the foreign citizen allegedly involved.
A separate statement from the minister ofPublic Security said Wednesday that six people had been arrested: a foreign national, two binationals, and three Malagasy.
"The police had information for several months, but it was only now that there was an opportunity to stop it, "the statement said.
Rajoelina first seized power in the deeply impoverished former French colony of 26 million people in a coup in March 2009, ousting Marc Ravalomanana. He remained in charge at the head of a transitional government until 2014.
In the 2019 elections, Ravalomanana challenged Rajoelina, lost and crying out for fraud.
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