Marc Ravalomanana , Madagascar’s ex-president while attempting to end his exile from the country while flying from South Africa had his plans thwarted mid-air when the commercial plane he was a passenger in was forced to turn back after authorities of Madagascar closed their airspace to prohibit his return. The commercial plane returned back to Johannesburg Saturday just after 2 p.m., about the time it had been expected to reach Antananarivo, the nation’s capital. Antananarivo was founded circa 1625 by King Andrianjaka where Madagascar’s ex-president had served as Mayor prior to having served as the nation’s president from 2002 to 2009.
Reporters on board said the commercial plane did not stop to refuel in Mozambique as originally planned, according to Peter Mann, Ravalomanana’s spokesperson. Ravalomanana has been exiled in South Africa since being thwarted from the presidential seat in 2009. Although in exile, Ravalomanana is credited with improving the country’s infrastructure along with making improvements in education and health. The exiled president, however, has faced criticism for his lack of progress against poverty.
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