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Madagascar remains tense

Madagascar’s President Marc Ravalomanana remained holed up at a palace outside the capital on...

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

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The African Union said any attempts to remove him by force would be a coup which it condemned.

The European Union said it would also shun unconstitutional action by rebels.

<?xml:namespace prefix="u1"?><country-region u2:st="on"><country-region w:st="on">Madagascar</country-region></country-region>’s military insisted it had nothing to do with explosions outside the president’s office in <city u2:st="on"><place u2:st="on"><city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Antananarivo on Monday.

They took control of the installation, soon to be occupied by rebel leader Andry Rajoelina.

The AU and the EU both warned Rajoelina against launching a power-grab to shift the president but he was growing impatient to take the reins of power just as Ravalomanana sounded increasingly defiant.

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