Fri, March 20, 2009

Madagascan political turmoil

SADC leaders reject Rajoelina as Madagascar's president

The main decision-making committee of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on Thursday urged the African Union and the international community not to recognize Andry Rajoelina as Madagascar's president. Full story

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Political crisis in Madagascar

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    Madagascan new president meets new French ambassador

    2009-03-20 09:28:05 GMT Xinhua English ANTANANARIVO, March 19 (Xinhua) -- Andry Rajoelina, new President of the Indian Ocean island country, met on Thursday the new French Ambassador to Madagascar, Jean-Marc Chataigner, who arrived here on Wednesday

    New president: Madagascar never to separate from France

    2009-03-20 09:24:01 GMT Xinhua English ANTANANARIVO, March 19 (Xinhua) -- Andry Nirina Rajoelina, Madagascar's newly-installed president, declared here on Thursday that the Indian Ocean Island country would never separate itself from France.

    SADC leaders reject Rajoelina as Madagascar's president

    2009-03-20 03:40:11 GMT Xinhua English JOHANNESBURG, March 19 (Xinhua) -- The main decision-making committee of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on Thursday urged the African Union and the international community not to recognize Andry Rajoelina as Madagascar's president and called for a return to "democratic and constitutional rule in the shortest time possible."

    Madagascan parliament suspended

    2009-03-19 12:07:32 GMT Xinhua English ANTANANARIVO, March 19 (Xinhhua) -- Madagascar's transitional government decided on Thursday to suspend the functioning of the two houses of the parliament, the National Assembly and the Senate.

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    EU to take prudent approach to Madagascar

    2009-03-20 00:14:16 GMT Xinhua English BRUSSELS, March 19 (Xinhua) -- The European Union (EU) said on Thursday that what happened in Madagascar was a coup d'etat and the 27-country bloc will take a prudent approach to this Indian Ocean island.

    Americans suggested to leave Madagascar

    2009-03-18 15:59:35 GMT Xinhua English WASHINGTON, March 18 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. State Department has ordered the departure of non-emergency personnel and family members at the American Embassy in Antananarivo, Madagascar due to the ongoing unrest and security concerns.

    Russia, Nigeria call for normalization of situation in Madagascar

    2009-03-18 07:20:54 GMT Xinhua English MOSCOW, March 17 (Xinhua) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Nigerian counterpart Ojo Maduekwe on Tuesday called for normalization of the situation in Madagascar, local media reported.

    European Commission appeals for calm in Madagascar

    2009-03-14 15:23:18 GMT Xinhua English BRUSSELS, March 14 (Xinhua) -- The European Commission (EC) on Saturday said it was troubled by the political instability in Madagascar and called for calm in the strife-stricken country.

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    Madagascar President hands power to military

    2009-03-18 10:59:13 GMT China Daily Madagascar's president Marc Ravalomanana has resigned, handing power to the military.

    Madagascar president topples

    2009-03-18 07:06:51 GMT Reuters Aides to Madagascar president say he has stepped down and handed power to military as opposition leader moves into presidential palace.

    Madagascar army seizes presidency

    2009-03-17 08:43:17 GMT Reuters Gunfire is heard in Madagascar's capital as tanks storm the presidential palace after the military joins opposition leader Andry Rajoelina in his power struggle with the president.