More arrests have been made in Madagascar in connection with a plot to assassinate the president.

The attorney general of Madagascar announced the arrest of five generals and high-ranking police officers on Sunday in connection with a failed assassination attempt on President Andry Rajoelina.

“To date, 21 people have been arrested and are being investigated,” Berthine Razafiarivony said at a press conference.

Six people were initially detained on suspicion of involvement in the plot, including two French citizens.

“12 are active military and police personnel, including five generals, two captains, and five non-commissioned officers,” she said of the most recent arrests.

According to her, four of those arrested are retired national and foreign police and military personnel, and five are civilians.

According to Razafiarivony, authorities seized 209,300 euros ($250,000), two cars, and a shotgun.

The assassination plot comes after several months of unrest in the island nation, including threats directed at journalists covering the country’s coronavirus pandemic and a looming famine in the country’s south.

Rajoelina, 47, took power from Marc Ravalomanana in March 2009 with the support of the military.

He won the last vote in December 2018, defeating Ravalomanana in an election marred by allegations of fraud.

 

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