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Madagascar: The removal of parliamentary immunity has caused remorse among deputies

The Malagasy President, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, signed on April 18 an order to amend the organic law governing the functioning and organization of the National Assembly.
The deputies are now forced to declare their assets to the Bianco (independent anti-corruption office) and the Constitutional High Court.
The latter could decide the forfeiture of the parliamentary if any anomalies or false statements are proved otherwise.
Any Member having simple offences or liable to judicial proceedings will be also covered by a procedure for revocation of his parliamentary mandate.
Thus, a noticeable grumbling in the corridors of the National Assembly begins to emerge while parliamentary immunity is directly attacked by the presidential order.
 The former member of the Conseil supérieur de Transition (CST), Pierre Tsiranana does not mince his words on the subject.
"I've never seen such a measure in any country, except perhaps in Korea of the North where the dictatorship is really serious. But in countries that purport to be civilised and who call themselves having parliamentary regimes, removing parliamentary immunity is a serious mistake. And this is never done. And I, I am sure that such a measure will never last. This is really unacceptable on the part of a power which is said to be democratic. I repeat again: it is a serious error to remove the parliamentary immunity", he castigated, as reported by the newspaper Courrier of Madagascar.

Antso Rajaona

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