Madagascar’s Military Warns Politicians

Madagascar, a huge island nation off the southeast coast of Africa, has been inflicted with political unrest for the last two weeks.

The political deadlock began after the opposition political parties began mass protests in Antananarivo and police killed two protesters in open fire.

The opposition groups said the government is trying to push them out of the race through electoral laws that benefit the ruling group.

The opposition parties brought the capital of Madagascar to a standstill with continuous massive protests in the following days.

The opposition groups have been demonstrating against President Hery Rajaonarimampianina and demand his resignation.

The President of Madagascar, however, has refused to resign as the national election of Madagascar is due to be held in November or December this year.

Amid the political turbulence in the country, the military of Madagascar has called on the political groups to resolve the crises.

The Defense Minister of Madagascar General Beni Xavier Rasolofonirina said, “We, the law enforcement officials, call loud and clear for the leaders of the political parties involved in the current crisis to be responsible and find a solution as soon as possible.”

“We appeal to all citizens, without exception, to no longer be manipulated by the policies.

“It’s enough bloodshed, loss of human life, do not make selfishness and greed reasons to sacrifice our compatriots.”

Madagascar is often plagued by political crisis. Political violence, military coup, and instability have repeatedly deterred the country’s growth.

President Rajaonarimampianina has so far refused to stand down and to announce new elections.

Meanwhile, two former Presidents of Madagascar have announced to run for office in the coming elections.

Marc Ravalomanana, the president of Madagascar from 2002 to 2009 and Andry Rajoelina, who became President of Madagascar after ousting Ravalomanana have announced to run for office.

The ruling party and the oppositions have met on last Wednesday to resolve the crises. They have so far failed to reach an agreement yet.

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Masum Billah is a Staff Writer for The GeoStrategists. A Graduate from the Department of International Relations at the University of Dhaka, Masum Billah is a human rights activist. He writes columns on human rights, foreign policy, and terrorism.
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