Reuters: Madagascar’s parliament ousted its speaker from office late on Monday, after legislators accused him of treason for declaring his support for Iran’s nuclear programme, the ruling party said. ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) – Madagascar’s parliament ousted its speaker from office late on Monday, after legislators accused him of treason for declaring his support for Iran’s nuclear programme, the ruling party said.
During a visit to Iran in April, an Iranian news agency reported that speaker Jean Lahiniriko congratulated Tehran for “its recent scientific realisations and its access to the peaceful nuclear technology, which is a success not only for Iran but also for all the developing countries.”
Iran’s uranium enrichment programme has been condemned by the international community who accuse it of having nuclear ambitions. Iran maintains its activities are legal and peaceful.
The governing TIM party submitted a motion to impeach Lahiniriko last week and 119 out of 160 members of parliament voted to evict him from office .
The TIM party says the motion was tabled because Lahiniriko committed high treason for approving Iran’s nuclear programme.
They also accuse him of not fulfilling his responsibilities as speaker of parliament.
“It is a victory not for our party TIM, but for the whole Malagasy people,” head of TIM and deputy speaker, Solofonantenaina Razoarimihaja, told journalists.
Madagascar enjoys close relations with the United States and France – two countries which are leading global condemnation of Iran’s uranium enrichment programme.
Lahiniriko last week told parliament that his comments were made unofficially when asked by an Iranian journalist and were his own personal views and not meant to represent Madagascar’s official position on the nuclear program.