Madagascar MPs to Meet After Court Rejects President Impeachment

Madagascar lawmakers will meet to plan their next step after the Indian Ocean island nation’s Constitutional Court rejected a parliamentary motion to impeach President Hery Rajaonarimampianina.

Members of parliament who backed Rajaonarimampianina’s removal in a May 26 vote will convene Monday or Tuesday to discuss their options, lawmaker Ranaivo Raholdina said by phone from the capital, Antananarivo.

The court on June 12 overturned the motion, which had the backing of 121 of 125 MPs present in the National Assembly. The president said May 27 the tally is wrong because only a total of 90 votes were officially recorded.

Rajaonarimampianina has struggled since assuming office last year to fulfill pledges to end frequent power outages, reduce crime and boost foreign investment. The elections that brought the 56-year-old to power were the first since a coup six years ago that plunged the Indian Ocean island nation into an economic crisis, halting growth and forcing the state to cut spending on social services.