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28 May 2017 12:36 (South Africa)

Military rebels claim coup in Madagascar

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

On Wednesday Madagascans went to the polls for a referendum about the country's constitution, but the big news of the day is the claim of an attempted coup by Colonel Charles Andrianasoavina. He was behind last year's coup, which propelled President Andre Rajoelina to power, but is now, according to AP, fed up with waiting for national reconciliation. "Alas, the different parties continue to hold onto their respective positions, and the people of Madagascar are suffering the consequences of false pride," Andrianasoavina reportedly told the news agency. The situation on the ground remains unclear, for now, but Reuters stated that a military police chief said his forces would step in, if in fact a coup has taken place.  Read more: BBC News

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

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