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ANTANANARIVO Madagascar (Xinhua) -- Malagasy soldiers take part in the 59th anniversary of independence celebration in Antananarivo, capital of Madagascar. The island nation has celebrated its 59th anniversary of independence with the theme of "I am Malagasy, I love my homeland, I love the development". XINHUA PHOTOS - SITRAKA RAJAOANARISON

Madagascans celebrate their 59th anniversary of independence

by Sitraka Rajaoanarison ANTANANARIVO Madagascar (Xinhua) -- Madagascar celebrated on Wednesday its 59th anniversary of independence with the theme of "I am Malagasy, I love my homeland, I love the development"

Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina, and his counterpart of Rwanda Paul Kagame together with almost 40,000 guests and citizens participated in the celebration which lasted three hours at Mahamasina Stadium, one of the main stadiums of Madagascar.

A military parade was also held as 3,000 members of the armed forces came in several arrays.

Madagascar got its independence from France on June 26, 1960, after being colonized for 64 years.


Fifteen killed, 75 injured in Madgascar stampede

ANTANANARIVO Madagascar (Xinhua) -- At least 15 people were killed and 75 others injured on Wednesday in a stampede during an official celebration of the independence day of Madagascar, Richard Ravalomanana, secretary of state for the Gendarmerie of Madagascar, confirmed.

The incident occurred at Mahamasina stadium, where activities to celebrate the 59th independence day of Madagascar were hosted.

The President of Madagascar Andry Rajoelina and his visiting Rwandan counterpart, Paul Kagame, offered their condolences to the families of victims during a press conference later during the day at presidential palace of Madagascar. Rajoelina announced at the same time that the state will cover the hospitalization costs of the wounded.

A few months ago, the Mahamasina stadium had already been the scene of a deadly stampede. On September 9, 2018, during a football match between Madagascar and Senegal, a stampede at the entrance to the stadium occurred, leaving one person killed and 47 others wounded.

Newcomer Madagascar’s 2-0 win over giant Nigeria rocks AFCON

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (Xinhua) -- Madagascar, debutants of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), made a surprising 2-0 win over giants Nigeria here on Sunday.

Madagascar’s midfielder Lalaina Nomenjanahary opened the scoring in the 13th minute and Carolus Andriamatsinoro scored the second in the 53rd minute, although Nigeria boasted 62 percent of the ball possession.

Madagascar and Nigeria advanced to the round of 16 from Group B where Guinea have a chance for joining them as one of the best third-placed finishers for having four points. Burundi, the fourth of Group B, were defeated in all their three matches.

AFCON 2019 features 24 teams instead of 16 for the first time in its history.

The round of 16 will witness the top two of the six groups and the best four third-placed finishers.

The 32nd AFCON kicked off in Egypt on June 21 and will close on July 19.



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