Madagascan authorities claim to have foiled a conspiracy against President Andry Rajoelina with several “foreign and Malagasy” suspects arrested.
The public security minister on Wednesday said that six people had been arrested – one foreign national, two binational, and three Madagascan nationals.
“The police had information for several months, but only now was there an opportunity to arrest them,” the statement read.
Rajoelina was sworn in as president in 2019 after a hard-fought election and a constitutional court challenge from his rival.
What we know so far
Prosecutor Berthine Razafiarivony said in a statement that “several foreign and Madagascar nationals were arrested on Tuesday, July 20, as part of an investigation into an attack on state security.”
“According to the evidence in our possession, these individuals had devised a plan for the elimination and neutralization of a number of people including the head of state,” the statement read.
The statement further said investigations were underway and further details could not be disclosed. The extent of the assassination plot or how far advanced the suspects got was not clear.
On 26 June during the country’s Independence Day celebrations, the gendarmerie announced that they had foiled an assassination attempt on their boss who is also the president’s right-hand man, General Richard Ravalomanana.
on/dj (AFP, Reuters)
This is a breaking news story and will be updated as events unfold.