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Army mutiny put down in Madagascar

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Soldiers loyal to the president of Madagascar have put down a mutiny at an army barracks in the capital Antananarivo. A group of rebel soldiers had been holed up in the base since midweek, after a failed coup. Yesterday the government warned local people to get out of the area; today loyal troops went in, gunfire was heard and the mutineers surrendered

The dissident soldiers had said they wanted a military council to run the Indian Ocean island. The government warned it would crush any putative rebellion.

Tensions have been rising in Madagascar since President Andry Rajoelina seized power in March last year. He has launched a referendum on a new constitution but is also accused of failing to deliver on promises of reform.