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Friday, March 20, 2009

Madagascar's new leaders under fire

Fri, 20 Mar 2009 02:34:30 GMT | PressTV

Madagascan soldiers openning the way for the new president.
Regional players in Africa have disowned the new Madagascan leadership -- in power following what has been denounced as a military coup.

On Thursday, the 15-nation intergovernmental organization, Southern African Development Community (SADC), refused to recognize the government of the former Madagascan opposition leader Andry Rajoelina.

The former opposition chief took interim power after military forces loyal to him revolted against the former president Marc Ravalomanana.

Botswana-based SADC said Rajoelina's "appointment does not only violate the constitution of Madagascar, but also international principles, like the SADC, AU and United Nations protocols," AFP reported.

The two Malagasy leaders clashed in January with Rajoelina accusing Ravalomanana of authoritarianism and misuse of financial resources.

The Indian Ocean Island, afterwards, turned into a battlefield between pro- and anti-government protesters. Around 130 were killed in the protests with Rajoelina blaming the President.

Last week, amid widespread chaos, Rajoelina-allied armed forces raided the Ravalomanana's office. The latter subsequently handed over the power to the military while tendering his resignation.

"This was a coup d'etat, this was not a democratic election," said the European Union's Czech president, Karel Schwarzenberg.

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