Madagascar blaze death toll rises

Remains of dozens of people found after anti-government protests in Antanana-rivo.

    Buildings were set alight during anti government demonstrations in the Madagascan capital [EPA]

    Stirring tension

    More than 40,000 opposition supporters demonstrated peacefully on Wednesday.

    Rajoelina, whose private TV station was closed by the government in December, called on them to stage a general strike and accused the president of running Madagascar as a dictatorship.

    Jean Ping, a diplomat for the African Union (AU) said he was "deeply concerned by the prevailing political tension and the risk it poses to the stability of the country".

    He urged those involved to end the crisis through "dialogue and respect for constitutional order and legality".

    The president has accused his rival of stirring tension in an effort to overthrow the government.

    Both parties have called for calm but have yet to initiate talks to resolve the impasse.

    The political crisis risks harming Madagascar's image as a popular tourist destination and dissuading foreign investors keen to exploit its reserves of oil and minerals.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Take a tour through East and West Jerusalem to see the difference in quality of life for Israelis and Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.