Madagascar: president to address nation after impeachment vote

Madagascan President Hery Rajaonarimampianina prepared to address the nation on Wednesday after parliament voted to impeach him in a move that threatened to revive political instability in the Indian Ocean island.

Rajaonarimampianina came to power in 2013 elections, vowing to end years of turmoil after his predecessor Marc Ravalomanana was ousted in a coup in 2009.

But opposition to his rule has grown in recent months and the parliamentary vote late Tuesday was overwhelming in favour of dismissing him for alleged constitutional violations and incompetence.

Madagascar’s constitutional court will now decide whether the impeachment process against Rajaonarimampianina can be enacted.

Rajaonarimampianina was due to speak on state television, according to his office.

The US embassy had pledged support for the president and called on parliament to put the stability of the country first, but the plea fell on deaf ears.

Rajaonarimampianina, a trained accountant, promised a better life for the inhabitants of one of the world’s poorest countries when he came to power.

But his opponents say he has failed to deliver on his economic programme and accuse him of stalling on the establishment of a high court and on promised reforms.

Many of his political allies have turned their backs on him.

Andry Rajoelina, who came to power in the 2009 coup and later served as the island’s transitional president, helped to get the president elected two years ago.

Rajoelina and Ravalomanana have jostled for power for years, but on Tuesday their rival camps joined forces to vote against the president.

Source: The Guardian