Impeachment Battle Puts Madagascar Back on the Brink of Crisis

Then-Madagascan President Hery Rajaonarimampianina speaks at a new year address in Antananarivo, Madagascar, Jan. 9, 2015 (AP photo by Martin Vogl).
Then-Madagascan President Hery Rajaonarimampianina speaks at a new year address in Antananarivo, Madagascar, Jan. 9, 2015 (AP photo by Martin Vogl).
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The election of Hery Rajaonarimampianina as president of Madagascar in December 2013 brought with it the prospect of political stability after five years of crisis marked by a military coup in 2009. It didn’t last. On May 26, the National Assembly voted to impeach Rajaonarimampianina for alleged constitutional violations, including threatening to dissolve the assembly and mixing religion and politics in a country where half the population isn’t Christian. The 121 members of Parliament who voted for impeachment included normally bitter rivals, and the vote total was well in excess of the constitutionally required two-thirds of the assembly’s 151 members. […]

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