Madagascar on Sunday celebrated its 56th anniversary of independence from France with the theme: “Modern and prosperous Madagascar, a shared goal.”
Fireworks show on Saturday evening marked the celebration of national day, which continued Sunday morning with a military parade at the capital. The celebration was followed by a banquet offered at the presidency.
During his national address at the banquet, Madagascar’s president Hery Rajaonarimampianina said that Madagascar still remains among the poorest in the world and its economy still depends on external aid because of cyclical political instability despite having gained independence since 1960.
A grenade explosion has killed at least two people during Madagascar’s national day celebrations in the capital Antananarivo, officials say.
About 80 people were wounded in the blast at a stadium, general Anthony Rakotoarison told AFP news agency. President Hery Rajaonarimampianina said it was a “terrorist act”, and blamed it on “political divergences”. The situation remains fragile in the country, with supporters and opponents of the president at loggerheads.