Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Madagascar president hands power to military

Xinhua — Madagascar's president Marc Ravalomanana has resigned, handing power to the military.
But the military has appointed opposition leader Andry Rajoelina as president of a transition government, after weeks of violent street protests by his followers.
Tanks and scores of soldiers guarded the Presidential Palace on Tuesday.
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US orders diplomats to leave Madagascar

Associated Press — The State Department on Tuesday ordered all nonessential staff at the U.S. Embassy in Madagascar and the families of all American personnel there to leave the country due to the uncertain security situation after the ouster of the Indian Ocean island's president.
In a travel warning, the department said it had taken the step because of unrest related to the resignation of Madagascar's president and his hand-over to the military of his command.
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Supporters of Deposed Madagascar President to Hold Rally Wednesday

Voice of America — Supporters of deposed Madagascar President Marc Ravalomanana are expected to hold a political rally today (Wednesday) to know their next line of action after their leader resigned Tuesday under opposition pressure. Some Malagasies fear the meeting could potentially lead to clashes with supporters of the opposition in the ongoing political crisis. President Ravalomanana handed over power to the military Tuesday following a protracted political struggle with deposed Antananarivo mayor Andry Rajoelina. But the military declined to accept the handover, saying it was not interested in ruling the country setting the stage for the opposition leader to take over power. The military had so far backed the opposition leader during the power struggle. Mialy Randriamampianina is a Malagasy journalist. She tells reporter Peter Clottey that Malagasies are afraid of a possible civil war after the president resigned under pressure.
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