Antananarivo tense

Anti-government protestors and government forces were deadlocked in the Madagascan capital Antananarivo....

Former President  of Madagascar Marc Ravalomanana. Picture: Marco Castro/UN Photo

Anti-government protestors and government forces were deadlocked in the Madagascan capital <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><place w:st="on"><city w:st="on">Antananarivo.

An opposition leader vowed to install his own government replacing the administration of President Marc Ravalomanana.

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<city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Antananarivo is going through a tense stand-off.

Former mayor Andry Rajoelina’s brought out at least 10 000 people opposed to president Ravalomanana.

He blamed the president for misspending funds and being behind the deaths of 25 protestors last week at the hands of police.

Southern African Development Community was getting involved in mediating in the conflict.

Officials from <country-region w:st="on">Swaziland</country-region>, <country-region w:st="on">Angola</country-region> and Mozambique SADC’s Anti-Conflict Troika will arrive in <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Madagascar</country-region> soon to begin discussions.