FILE PHOTO: Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina attends a gathering to debate the twentieth replenishment of the World Financial institution’s Worldwide Growth Affiliation, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast July 15, 2021. REUTERS/Luc Gnago
July 22, 2021
By Lovasoa Rabary
ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) -Madagascan police this week arrested six individuals, together with a international nationwide, on suspicion of plotting to kill the president, after months of investigation, officers stated.
Andry Rajoelina was sworn in as president of the Indian Ocean island nation in 2019 after a hard-fought election and a constitutional courtroom problem from his rival.
“In keeping with the proof in our possession, these people had devised a plan for the elimination and neutralization of quite a lot of individuals together with the top of state,” the lawyer basic stated in a press release.
It added that investigations had been below approach and additional particulars couldn’t be disclosed. The arrests had been made on Tuesday.
The extent of the plot, or how far superior, was not instantly clear.
The assertion didn’t specify the nationality of the international nationals.
A separate assertion by the general public safety minister on Wednesday stated that six individuals had been arrested: one international nationwide, two binationals, and three Madagascan nationals.
“The police had info for a number of months, however solely now was there a chance to arrest them,” the assertion learn.
(Reporting by Lovasoa RabaryWriting by Maggie Fick;Modifying by Alison Williams and Nick Macfie)