MADAGASCAN’S FEARS OVER SEIZED PRIME MINISTER


Concerns are being raised in Madagascar for the man named as prime minister by ousted President Marc Ravalomanana. Manandafy Rakotonirina, 70, was seized by heavily armed soldiers and police from a five-star hotel in the capital, Antananarivo, on Wednesday.

fears-pmHis family members say they don’t know where he is being held. Mr Rakotonirina was named prime minister this week by Mr Ravalomanana, even though he has been ousted from power by Andry Rajoelina.

The army helped Mr Rajoelina take over in March. The ousted leader is now in exile in Swaziland, but Mr Rajoelina’s administration accuses him and his supporters of being behind recent violent protests in the capital, in which at least two people died.

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