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Vol 59 No 9

Published 4th May 2018


Polls code sparks crisis

Anti-government protests are spreading and threaten to reignite the island's tradition of popular revolt

With presidential elections due in November, political tension has once again triggered violence on the streets of Antananarivo. On 21 April, a rally by opposition MPs under the banner 'Deputies for Change' led to the deaths of two protesters at the hands of security forces. The mourning for the dead, further protests and calls for the resignation of President Hery Rajaonarimampianina have continued outside the capital's hôtel de ville, historically a focus for demonstrations. Although state security has stepped back and the protests remain largely peaceful, there are fears that Madagascar is heading for yet another destabilising crisis of the kind it suffered in 1972, 1991, 2002 and 2009.

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