Six Arrested in Assassination Plot of Country’s President


( – Assassins have targeted the leaders of five third-world countries so far in 2021, including Uganda’s former military head, the former Maldives president, and the current president of Colombia. Chad president, Idriss Déby died of shrapnel wounds April 19, and armed home invaders killed Haitian President Jovenel Moïse and shot his wife at their home on July 7. The president of Madagascar became the latest target for assassination last week.

Madagascar officials arrested six individuals for their role in a plot to assassinate Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina on July 20. Rajoelina, a former leader of a coup d’état, assumed office in 2019. Diplomatic sources said two of the would-be assassins were French nationals, and Madagascar’s Public Safety Minister Rodellys Randrianarison confirmed one was a foreigner. The others were Malagasy (from Madagascar). 

Madagascar’s attorney general told reporters after a months-long investigation, adding that the arrestees “devised a plan” to neutralize and assassinate several people in addition to the president.

The Indian Ocean island nation of Madagascar has had a violent history in recent years. As a coup leader, Rajoelina led Madagascar as the President of the High Transitional Authority from 2009 to 2014. 

The investigation into the attempted assassination is ongoing. 

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