Former Madagascar leader urges EU sanctions


Madagascar’s former leader has urged the European Union and France to follow the African Union’s (AU) lead and slap sanctions on the Indian Ocean Island’s leaders who ejected him from power a year ago.

Ravalomanana quit last March after weeks of violent protests against his increasingly authoritarian rule, triggering a year of leadership squabbles on the island increasingly eyed by foreign investors for its oil and mineral resources.
“Each day of silence out of Paris and Brussels is a day of lost hope for Malagasy families who can no longer feed their children,” said Marc Ravalomanana, who is exiled in South Africa, in a statement released late on Monday.

The crisis has paralysed economic growth, slashed public spending and pushed up urban unemployment.

Political analysts say AU sanctions on President Andry Rajoelina and more than 100 of his key political backers are purely symbolic and unlikely to have any impact.