Blast rattles Madagascar

2013-09-05 17:43
(Picture: AFP)

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Antananarivo - A makeshift bomb exploded at the entrance of a hotel in Madagascar's capital on Thursday causing no casualties, police said, and a previously unknown group claimed responsibility telling foreigners to keep out of the nation's elections.

The blast, though small, will raise tensions on the Indian Ocean island before a fraught presidential vote that has been pushed back for a third time till 25 October over a row about who can run, extending the country's political crisis.

The former French colony has been in turmoil since President Andry Rajoelina seized power with military support in 2009, ousting former president Marc Ravalomanana and scaring off investors and tourists.

Both Rajoelina and Ravalomanana had reached a deal with regional states to restore order, based on the condition neither would run in the next vote. But Rajoelina changed tack when Ravalomanana's wife declared.

The EU, the US and the AU proposed in June imposing sanctions such as travel bans on Madagascar's president and two other candidates unless they withdrew from the race. Donors have also suspended financing for the poll over the crisis.

Germain Ratsirombahina, police chief in the capital Antananarivo, said the device went off outside the Hotel Plaza overnight, causing no injuries or damage.

In an e-mail sent to at least one Western embassy, a previously unheard of group calling itself Defenders of the Nation's Sovereignty said it was behind the blast.

"The Malagasy people will never accept the political manoeuvrings of certain nations aimed at suppressing [Malagasy] rights and freedom to chose their destiny," it said.

It also said the nation would not accept a court ruling last month that barred Rajoelina, Ravalomanana's wife and another former president, from running in the election, saying it did "not reflect the popular will".

A Western diplomat confirmed their mission had received the email, but had no information about the group behind it.

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