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Madagascar rosewood traffic: The new Malagasy Prime Minister of Madagascar firm against his ministers

The new tenant of the palace of Mahazoarivo, Jean Ravelonarivo, gathered around him on Tuesday his new government team and was particularly strong on the possible implication of a Minister of the Republic in cases of rosewood trafficking in the Island.
"No member of the government will no longer be quoted or suspected of being involved in the affairs of rosewood trafficking," he said.

As a reminder, rosewood, a protected species in danger of extinction, is at the heart of a prohibited traffic to Asia. Traffickers exploit a lucrative black market where a kilo of the precious wood is sold at around 500 dollars (439 euros).
The Malagasy authorities want to in particular seek support to fight against this traffic on the order of 8 August 2011, which severely punishes those involved in the illegal trade in rosewood, with a term of imprisonment of two to five years.


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