Germany condemns Madagascar power grab

21st March 2009, Comments 0 comments

On Monday, soldiers backed by tanks stormed the offices of the former president, forced him to step down and handed power over to the opposition leader.

Berlin -- Germany condemned the violent and "undemocratic" power grab in Madagascar on Friday, calling for a return to democracy and adding its voice to criticism from around the world.

"The Federal Government condemns the change of power in Madagascar,” Jens Ploetner, a spokesman for Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, told a regular briefing. “This change of power was brought about by street protests and is not a democratic way to change a government. We expect from the new authorities a return to Madagascar's constitution and a return to democratic order in the country as quickly as possible."

Earlier Friday, the African Union suspended Madagascar's membership of the club, saying the change in government on the Indian Ocean island was "unconstitutional."

Thursday, the European Union denounced the power grab as a "coup."

On Monday, around 100 soldiers backed by tanks stormed the offices of former President Marc Ravalomanana, forced him to step down and handed power over to the opposition leader Andry Rajoelina.

Berlin said it would hold Rajoelina's self-styled transition government responsible for any further violence or loss of life.

AFP/Expatica

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