Madagascar: Army threatens to intervene

Published on 10 March 2009

Ahead of a planned three-day National Consultative Conference to resolve Madagascar’s deep political turmoil, the country’s senior military commander warned on 10 March that the army will step in and impose order if a solution is not found within 72 hours. [...] As looting on the streets of Antananarivo continues and the security situation deteriorates, NGO’s are preparing themselves for a potential humanitarian crisis. The United Nations World Food Programme has expanded food distribution operations in the country. “There is a greater demand for nutritional aid since the crisis began,” Krystyna Bednarska, head of the WFP in Madagascar told IRIN. “The problems mean that people can’t work. Many have lost their jobs and it is the most vulnerable people that are being affected.”

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