Madagascar’s opposition leader has vowed to continue protests against the president “until final victory” a day after violence in the capital Antananarivo.
At least 25 people were killed when police opened fire on protestors. President Marc Ravalomanana has blamed the opposition, describing the events as scandalous and intolerable. He has called for a return to order and extended a nightly curfew in the capital for another week. Ravalomanana has presided over a period of economic growth since coming to power in 2002, turning the island into a destination for tourists and foreign investors. But the opposition, led by Andry Rajoelina, who was sacked as mayor of the capital earlier this week, now accuses him of losing touch with the people and of ruling like a dictator. Altogether, some 125 people have been killed in two weeks of civil unrest on the island.