The African Union imposed sanctions March 17 on Madagascar after the former disc jockey who seized power on the Indian Ocean island failed to implement a power-sharing deal prompted by last year’s coup. The Ethiopia-based AU said at least 109 people are targeted by the sanctions, including Andry Rajoelina and those who helped him seize power one year ago. The sanctions imposed include visa restrictions, freezing of bank accounts and diplomatic isolation. Rajoelina, who took power in March with the military’s backing, failed to meet a March 16 deadline for submitting to agreements sponsored by international mediators to create a transitional coalition. “If there are sanctions, it is the people of Madagascar who will be hurt by them,” Rajoelina said in the southeast of the country, where he was visiting areas hit by Tropical Storm Hubert. (AP)

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