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Madagascan army opposes Ravalomanana's return

The Madagascan army has set its face against the return of ousted president Marc Ravalomanana. The...

Marc Ravalomanana  (L) and Andry Rajoelina. Picture: AFP

The Madagascan army has set its face against the return of ousted president Marc Ravalomanana.

The statement from the Antananarivo brass flies in the face of the weekend directive by regional leaders that all political exiles must be allowed to go home to participate in the forthcoming elections.

Coup leader Andry Rajoelina's opposition to the return of the man he deposed two years ago has been both graphically demonstrated and repeatedly expressed.

He maintains Ravalomanana is guilty of genocide, although the international community that has shunned him maintains the conviction is the product of a kangaroo court.

Tuesday's statement by the Madagascan security forces composed of the army, the national gendarmerie and the national police, firmly opposes the return of Ravalomanana to

preserve public order and security.

It means regional leaders have their work cut out pressing for a return to constitutionality on the Indian Ocean island state.