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Army declines to take control of Madagascar

Madagascar’s army on Friday turned down a call by opposition groups that it should step in and take control of the country’s institutions for an interim period.

world Updated: Sep 04, 2009 16:57 IST

Madagascar’s army on Friday turned down a call by opposition groups that it should step in and take control of the country’s institutions for an interim period.

“The armed forces refuse the putting in place of a military authority,” the head of the gendarmerie General Claude Ravelomanana said.

“We will condemn any appointment that is not approved by the relevant military authorities,” he added.

On Thursday Madagascar’s three main opposition groups said the top three jobs in a transitional administration should be handed to the army.

The proposal came after the movements of three former presidents and that of the Indian Ocean island’s current leader, Andry Rajoelina, failed to agree on how to split posts following power-sharing talks in Maputo.