Madagascar – 25 June 2015

Police teargas Madagascar lawmaker in car
Malagascar police said on Tuesday they discovered about $65 000 in a lawmaker’s car after being tipped off that she was carrying cash to incite political unrest.
The incident on Monday evening, in which police used tear gas to force Lanto Dakotomanga out of her vehicle, highlighted rising tensions in the large Indian Ocean island country still plagued by turmoil six years after a coup.

AU calls for restraint as Madagascar court stops impeachment
The African Union welcomed the decision by Madagascar’s high court to reject parliament’s effort to impeach the president and called on lawmakers to avoid further instability in the island nation.
Chairwoman of the union’s commission, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, in a Wednesday statement expressed her organization’s support for a climate of stability and socio-economic recovery in the wake of the 2009 coup.
She urged “political stakeholders to demonstrate a high sense of responsibility and to spare their country a new cycle of instability.”

France urges dialogue over Madagascar leader’s impeachment
France on Monday called on all sides to respect a Madagascar constitutional court decision to throw out parliament’s impeachment of President Hery Rajaonarimampianina, urging all parties to open a dialogue to avoid a new political crisis.
Rajaonarimampianina, who took office last year in the first presidential election since the 2009 coup, had challenged the legality of last month’s motion, saying there were irregularities during the impeachment vote in parliament.