Madagascar President Hery Rajaonarimampianina challenged on Wednesday an impeachment vote against him in parliament, where critics say he has dragged religion into politics and failed to deliver on his promises.
The vote by 121 of 151 members of parliament late on Tuesday must now go to the constitutional court to determine if the head of state should be sacked, a move that threatens to derail the country’s rebuilding efforts after years of crisis.
In a radio and television broadcast, Rajaonarimampianina said the country needed stability and not political wrangling. Dismissing corruption allegations and questioning the vote count, he said: “I’m still there. I’m still standing.”
Rajaonarimampianina’s peaceful election victory in late 2013, the first vote since a 2009 military coup, was seen as chance…
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