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Madagascar's President says he is still in charge

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Madagascar's President says he is still in charge


Madagascar’s President has said he is still running the country, despite a declaration by the island’s opposition leader that he was in charge.

President Marc Ravalomanana said: ‘‘I would like to reiterate the government that I direct is functioning and continues to work in the international community and the entire world. We have great confidence but we have to pay attention to the rumours that are circulating.’‘ The island has seen some of its worst civil unrest for years, with more than 100 people being killed, according to the US ambassador. Yesterday, firebrand opposition leader Andry Rajoelina said he was running the country. At a rally, he accused the existing government of not doing its job properly. And, until a transitional government is put in place, he told supporters. ‘‘I am giving orders from now on.’‘ The 34-year-old Mayor of capital Antananarivo has lead a campaign of strikes and anti-government protests against the current regime. Earlier this week, those protests turned violent with widespread looting and dozens dead.

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