Former Malagasy leader Zafy seriously ill

Prof Albert Zafy. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

Madagascar’s former President Albert Zafy is seriously ill, sources confirmed.

Prof Zafy's ally and former Environment and Forestry’s minister Joseph Randriamiarisoa, said the 90-year-old statesman, slid into a state of deep unconsciousness on Wednesday morning.

A medical source, who requested for anonymity, said on Thursday morning that Prof Zafy was undergoing treatment at the intensive care unit of the Polyclinique d’Ilafy Antananarivo hospital.

He said the government was making arrangements to transfer Prof Zafy to Mauritius for further medical attention.

Dr Randrianarisoa disclosed that the former president had heart related complications.

The throne

Prof Zafy ruled the island nation between 1993 and 1996.

The renowned cardiologist ascended to the throne following months of political instability at the beginning of the 1990s.

The-then opponents of the incumbent socialist leader Didier Ratsiraka were challenging the legitimacy of his authority.

Prof Zafy is largely considered the father of democracy in Madagascar.

He is also recognised as the father of the national reconciliation initiative in the southern African nation.

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