Madagascar says assassination plot against president foiled

Madagascar says assassination plot against president foiled
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Madagascar officials said six individuals were arrested on Tuesday after uncovering a suspected assassination plot against the president, Andry Rajoelina, and other high-profile figures.

The arrests included one French national, three Malagasy citizens (the native group of Madagascar), and two French-Malagasy dual citizens, according to a statement from public security minister Rodellys Fanomezantsoa Randrianarison, as reported by Al Jazeera.

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"According to evidence in our possession, these individuals devised a plan to eliminate and neutralise various Madagascan figures, including the head of state," said prosecutor Berthine Razafiarivony in a statement translated by France 24.

A policeman told the news outlet the plot had been known by police for weeks or even months. In a "spectacular" arrest, the French national was arrested while waiting in an airport lounge to return to France.

Also arrested were two former French soldiers, including a "special forces officer," according to Patrick Rajoelina, a special diplomatic adviser to the president, who told France 24 a search of the suspects' houses uncovered incriminating emails, messages, and a large amount of money.

Patrick Rajoelina also said the government has not discovered the plotters' motives but stressed the affair was an internal matter. As a result, authorities will not be working with French officials in the investigation.

Andry Rajoelina, 47, seized power in a military coup in March 2009, holding on to power ever since. He recently won the 2018 presidential election, although critics claim the election was rife with fraud, according to Newsweek.

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The latest assassination attempt is the third high-profile assassination plot of a head of state in just this month, with the unsuccessful attempt on the president of Mali and the successful attempt on the president of Haiti.

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Original Author: Brady Knox

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