The man appointed as prime minister by Madagascar’s ousted President Marc Ravalomanana has been charged with threatening the security of the state. Manandafy Rakotonirina, 70, was seized by heavily-armed soldiers and police from a five-star hotel in the capital, Antananarivo, on Wednesday.

fears-pmHe was named PM by Mr Ravalomanana this week, even though he was ousted from power in March by Andry Rajoelina. The army-backed takeover has been widely condemned as a coup d’etat.

Mr Rakotonirina was also charged with illegitimately declaring himself prime minister, instigating the destruction of property and illegal possession of firearms. Mr Rakotonirina is expected to appear in court along with eight others in the coming days, says the BBC’s Jonny Hogg in Antananarivo.

Mr Ravalomanana 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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