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Madagascar High Court Throws Out Bid to Oust President

FILE - Madagascar's President Hery Rajaonarimampianina

Madagascar's constitutional court on Saturday threw out an attempt by parliament to oust President Hery Rajaonarimampianina for alleged constitutional violations and general incompetence.

The court said the charges were unfounded, clearing the way for the first president elected since a 2009 coup to possibly dissolve parliament in the poor Indian Ocean island nation.

In a televised speech Saturday, Rajaonarimampianina said he "will not tolerate another attack on the state of law.”

Rajaonarimampianina had said there were irregularities in last month’s impeachment vote and that many of those said to have voted were not in parliament at the time.

Analysts say the current political crisis, if not resolved quickly, threatens to derail the island's fragile peace and economic development.