Madagascar’s presidential aircraft sold to American company

Boeing 737-700 Madagascar‘s presidential aircraft “Air Force One II” was already sold to an American company, a statement from the Ministry of Finance and Budget said Friday, Xinhua reports.

The 25-seat Boeing 737-700 left Madagascar Thursday for the United States, after Madagascar‘s central bank confirmed the transfer of its price to the account of Madagascar’s state, the statement said.

A government council held early in October proposed to sell the presidential aircraft bought at 60 million U. S. dollar in 2008 by former president Marc Ravalomanana at 24.5 million dollars.

The purchase of the presidential plane was one of the sparks that triggered the fires of the current political crisis in Madagascar between Ravalomanana and the current interim president, Andry Rajoelina, who replaced him in March 2009 with the backing of the military in the Indian Ocean island country.

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