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African Union suspends Madagascar over 'coup'

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African Union suspends Madagascar over 'coup'


The chorus of international disapproval is growing over Andry Rajoelina’s claims to the Presidency in Madgascar.

Rajoelina led a revolt which sparked weeks of unrest and claimed the lives of at least 135 people. The elected president Marc Ravalomanana resigned on Tuesday and Rajoelina moved into the Presidential palace. But now France’s President Nicholas Sarkozy is among leaders alleging a coup d’etat has taken place. He said: “They got rid of the parliament. There was no election. Yes it was a coup.” As ousted President Ravalomanana considers his next move The African Union has also alleged Rajoelina seized power in a coup – and suspended Madagascar. One AU member, Burkina Faso, declared the change of President had been “unconstitutional.” The new administration in Madagasca says it will explain its case – and in the end the international community will understand.

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