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President in Madagascar hands power to military

Madagascar's President Marc Ravalomanana has said he is standing down and handing power to the military.

But military leaders were reported to favour a direct transfer to 34-year-old opposition leader Andry Rajoelina.

Mr Rajoelina has installed himself in the president's offices, seized on Monday by pro-opposition troops.

A BBC correspondent in Madagascar says it seems clear Mr Ravalomanana is stepping down, but there is confusion over how it will be done.

It is unclear whether the generals chosen by Mr Ravalomanana to head a new military directorate are willing or able to take over, the BBC's Jonah Fisher says.

There were unconfirmed reports that those generals had been arrested.

Dramatic victory

The crisis on the Indian Ocean island has left 100 people dead since January.

The African Union and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) have condemn

Added: Mar-17-2009 Occurred On: Mar-17-2009
By: Necrosis
Tags: Madagascar, president,
Location: Antananarivo, Antananarivo, Madagascar (load item map)
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