New security chief named after assassination attempt in Madagascar

10:27, March 06, 2011      

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Colonel Ravelomihary Julien was named as the new security director for Madagascar's Highest Transitional Authority (HAT) President Andry Rajoelina, one day after an assassination attempt against Africa's youngest leader.

According to a statement from the presidential office released on Friday, Julien was promoted to the post after his predecessor was sacked.

Prior to his appointment, Ravelomihary was serving as the head of intelligence in both Diego and Tulear provinces respectively in the north and extreme north of the Indian Ocean island country.

The statement said he specialized in fight against all forms of terrorism and drug trafficking.

The new appointment came after an assassination attempt against Rajoelina on Thursday evening along the road leading to his residence at Ambatobe, a few km from the city center.

A well-placed source who did not wish to be named disclosed that the person behind the assassination attempt was in contact with a member of the presidential guard who knew the president's itinerary. This, the source said, might have been the cause of the dismissal of the ex-director.

Source: Xinhua
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