Madagascar police arrest alleged leader of failed mutiny

2010-05-22 09:25

Madagascar’s national police say they have arrested the leader of a

failed mutiny.

In a statement the police said Lieutenant Colonel Raymond

Andrianjafy and several others were being held pending investigations.

The mutineers had called for protests against “injustice” on this

impoverished Indian Ocean island, which has been tense since a 2009 coup.

On Thursday clashes between soldiers and alleged mutineers left

three dead. The violence ended when soldiers stormed a police barracks in the


In 2009 Andry Rajoelina, a former disc jockey and mayor of the

capital backed by the armed forces, ousted an elected president. Rajoelina has

resisted international mediation efforts and the armed forces have shown signs

of cooling toward him in recent weeks.

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