Madagascar mutiny 'under control'

2012-07-23 07:45
Members of the army and police take up positions during a mutiny by troops at a military camp near Madagascar's main airport in Antananarivo. (AFP)

Members of the army and police take up positions during a mutiny by troops at a military camp near Madagascar's main airport in Antananarivo. (AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

kalahari.com

  • Marc Ravalomanana
    Marc Ravalomanana (born December 12, 1949, in Imerinkasinina) is a Malagasy politician who was the... Now R585.00
    buy now
Antananarivo - Madagascar's army said on Sunday it had put down a mutiny in a military camp Sunday, after clashes in which at least three people were killed.

"Mopping up operations are continuing," said Rarasoa Ralailomady, the army's chief spokesperson. "A night operation has not been ruled out but the situation is under control."

Madagascar's paramilitary police and army mounted the assault on Sunday on the renegade troops who staged the mutiny after an officer sent to negotiate with the troops was killed.

Four people were also injured in the ensuing clashes, said Ralailomady.

The mutiny came ahead of a meeting on Wednesday of the Indian Ocean island nation's rival leaders to try to resolve a political crisis that has dragged on since an army-backed coup in 2009.

A diplomatic source said the mutineers' action could be an attempt to derail the landmark face-to-face meeting in the Seychelles between current President Andry Rajoelina and Marc Ravalomanana, whom he ousted in the coup.

Gunfire initially erupted at the Ivatu army base near Antananarivo international airport at 06:00 on Sunday, lasted four hours and then resumed intermittently.

"This morning there was indeed a mutiny led by certain elements. The chief of staff has things in hand," Defence Minister Andre Lucien Rakotoarimasy told AFP.

"It's going on, we don't know anything about their demands for the moment," he added, refusing to specify the number of renegade troops involved.

Their leader was identified by one source as Koto Mainty, known as the "Black Corporal."

New constitution


The Ivatu base had been the scene of a mutiny in November 2010 amid an attempted coup against Rajoelina.

The failed putsch came as the country prepared to vote in a referendum for a new constitution that would allow Rajoelina, a former disc jockey and once Antananarivo's mayor, to extend his term as head of state.

He has so far failed to steer the country back to democracy.

Soldiers have repeatedly meddled in politics in Madagascar, which gained independence from France in 1960.

Rajoelina and Ravalomanana, who is living in exile in South Africa, signed a roadmap in September 2011 meant to guide Madagascar to new elections, but the deal still has not been fully implemented.

The 15-nation Southern African Development Community has given the rival leaders a 31 July deadline to reach an agreement, ahead of a timeline for legislative and presidential elections to be unveiled on 1 August.

In 2010, Ravalomanana was sentenced in absentia for the murders of about 30 demonstrators killed by his presidential guard in 2009 in protests that led to his overthrow.

Ravalomanana was served with a summons last week over a $23m lawsuit filed by victims of the February 2009 unrest and is expected to appear in a South African court on August 1.

He has twice tried to return to Madagascar, but officials there have both times prevented him and his wife from entering the country.

Read more on:    marc ravalomanana  |  andry rajoelina  |  madagascar  |  southern africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Libya chaos deepens

10 minutes ago
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/World

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 40% off fashion accessories

Save up to 40% on selected handbags, purses, watches, jewellery and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2000 on top electronics

Get every day mind bowing savings on top electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

As seen on TV - New book releases at only R199 each

Get mind blowing book savings on new titles. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to 50% on Women’s month treats!

Celebrate the awesome women in your life with awesome treats like beauty products, fashion accessories, bestselling books, electronics and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is an emphasis on work. There may be some restrictions, or delays or extra responsibilities. It is all about rhythm and...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.