According to the prosecutor general’s office, Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina survived an assassination attempt on Tuesday.
Authorities allegedly stopped Rajoelina’s assassination plot and detained many “foreigners and Madagascar locals.”
In a statement to the press, Prosecutor General of the Antananarivo Court of Appeal, Berthine Razafiarivony, reported the Tuesday night arrest of locals and foreigners accused of plotting the assassination of high-profile people, including President Andry Rajoelina. According to TRT World, a French national, Philippe Francois and another foreigner, Paul Rafanoharana, were apprehended as suspects.
At this point in the investigations, the general prosecutor’s office guarantees that they will reveal all the information soon.
How Andry Rajoelina Became Madagascar President
Before entering politics, Rajoelina worked in the business sector, founding the Injet printing and advertising company in 1999 and the Viva radio and television networks in 2007.
In 2007, he founded the political party Young Malagasies Determined and was elected Mayor of Antananarivo.
During his tenure in this post, he spearheaded an opposition campaign against then-President Marc Ravalomanana, which resulted in a political crisis in 2009.
Rajoelina was named President of the High Transitional Authority of Madagascar (HTA) by a military council in what the world community called a coup d’état.
Rajoelina disbanded the Senate and National Assembly, transferring their responsibilities to a range of new government institutions charged with supervising the transition to a new constitutional authority.
The disband clashed with a process facilitated by the international community to form a transitional administration.
In November 2010, voters passed a new constitution in a contentious nationwide referendum, ushering in the Fourth Republic.
He served as President of the HTA until general elections were conducted in 2013 when he stood down.
He won the 2018 presidential election and was sworn in as Madagascar’s President on January 19, 2019.
The Madagascar Covid-19 Cure
President Rajoelina attracted worldwide attention in April and May 2020 when he introduced an unproven coronavirus “cure” named “Covid-Organics.” The Madagascar Institute of Applied Research (MIAR) created herbal tea with artemisia and other locally available plants.
The military released batches of “Covid-Organics” to the general populace. In school, students were required to drink herbal tea.
Tanzania, Liberia, Equatorial Guinea, and Guinea-Bissau are among the African countries that have purchased herbal tea.
According to Matshidiso Moeti of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Africa regional office, there is no evidence that this treatment is successful.
It had not been subjected to appropriate clinical studies, and no peer-reviewed data was available. The Madagascar National Academy of Medicine (ANAMEM) was likewise dubious.
A WHO advertisement on Google stated, “Africans deserve to use medicines tested to the same standards as people in the rest of the world.”
The African Union has attempted to put the technological effectiveness of herbal tea to the test.
Arphine Helisoa (the pseudonym of Arphine Rahelisoa), a publishing director and journalist at the NY Valosoa newspaper, was arrested on April 4 and charged with spreading fake news after being accused of criticizing the president’s handling of the pandemic and of inciting hatred against President Rajoelina. After a month, Arphine Rahelisoa was freed.