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27 June 2017 19:15 (South Africa)

Madagascar’s coup leader accuses rivals of coup

  • Branko Brkic
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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

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Andry Rajoelina

The boyish (at 35, he’s officially too young to be in office) Madagascan President Andry Rajoelina, has disallowed opposition party members to return home from Mozambique, after they agreed to press ahead with a proposed unity government. Madagascar’s major political players have been in talks in Maputo, mediated by former Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano. Rajoelina boycotted the talks, but now says agreements made in his absence constitute a coup d’├ętat. Those are pretty ironic words, as he toppled former Madagascan president Marc Ravalomanana in March with the help of the military. Since then, he’s been under huge international pressure, and is doing his best to make all the choices in appointing posts in a transitional government. It looks like his opponents eventually went ahead without him, so he told them he couldn’t guarantee their safety if they returned home. Read more: Reuters, UN News Centre

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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