Tuesday, February 10, 2009

All hell breaks loose in Madagascar

All hell has broken loose in Madagascar as protests try to oust the president Marc Ravalomanana. At least 25 people were killed on Sunday as police opened fire on demonstrators who were marching toward the presidential palace. At least 68 people had been killed in protest events prior to this.

The country's defense minister has resigned over the most recent killings.

This is the escalation of a power struggle between Pres. Ravalomanana and Andry Rajoelina, mayor of the capital Antananarivo.

The president dismissed Rajoelina as mayor of the capital but Rajoelina countered by declaring a transition authority and naming his own prime minister.

The protesters accuse Ravalomanana of being a dicator and of misspending public money.

Previously mayor of the capital himself, Ravalomanana assumed the presidency in 2002 after leading street protests to oust the previous regime. Though in that case, it followed elections.

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