Madagascar armed forces minister won’t quit after sacking


Madagascar’s armed forces minister yesterday refused to quit his post a day after the Indian Ocean Island’s prime minister fired him following recent rumours of a planned coup.

General Noel Rakotonandrasana, who spearheaded the army mutiny which helped President Andry Rajoelina seize power last year, said he had no intention of toppling Rajoelina to install a military government.
“Let him come and take control,” Rakotonandrasana told reporters in response to Prime Minister Colonel Camille Vital’s announcement he was taking over the Ministry of Armed Forces.
“There has never been question of putting in place a military government.”

Some political analysts say Madagascar’s long-running political crisis has divided Rajoelina’s administration and triggered increasing disquiet in some quarters of the military.

Pic: President Andry Rajoelina of Madagascar