Madagascar gained its independence on the 26th of June, 1960, following six decades of French colonial rule.
The 26th of June is the National Day of Madagascar and marks the country’s independence from France in 1960.
The 60th independence day anniversary was celebrated today with a series of activities across the country.
An elaborate commemorative ceremonies was led by President Andry Rajoelina with a grand parade held at the independence avenue where troops lined the streets as the president was driven by in an antique cadillac.
Usual independence day events was held despite the COVID-19 crisis with most security officials and other participants wearing masks.
Madagascar is among the first to revolt against colonial masters in 1947 in Africa. Freedom only came 13 years later.