Madagascar parliamentarians seek to oust president in renewal of political turmoil
Political instability is looming in Madagascar, where lawmakers voted this week to impeach the country’s president for what they say are his repeated violations of the constitution.
The parliamentarians say they secured a two-thirds majority required for an impeachment motion, which now goes to the constitutional court for review. However, President Hery Rajaonarimampianina says they fell short of the majority and that the lawmakers are bitter about not being granted certain perks such as new vehicles.
Relations between parliament and the president have been strained for months.
Parliament dismisses ‘incompetent’ Madagascar president
Madagascar’s parliament has voted overwhelmingly to dismiss President Hery Rajaonarimampianina for alleged constitutional violations and general incompetence.
The Indian Ocean island’s constitutional court will now decide whether the decision on Tuesday night to discharge Rajaonarimampianina can be enacted.
The US embassy had pledged support for the president and called on parliament to put the stability of the country first, but the plea fell on deaf ears.