Madagascar rivals 'reach deal'

Agreement to allow ousted president to run against incumbent leader in new polls.

    Ravalomanana, who fled to Swaziland, has said
    he is confident he will return to Madagascar [AFP]

    Rajoelina led months of protests against Ravalomanana, accusing him of misspending public funds and behaving like a dictator.

    'Confident' of return

    The crisis escalated further in February when police opened fire on protesters, killing at least 28 people.

    More died in subsequent clashes and, faced with increasing street protests, Ravalomanana quit the presidency in March, after losing the support of elements of the military.

    Rajoelina then took over power, backed by the army.

    The United States and the European Union described the transition as a "coup", while the African Union suspended Madagascar on March 20 and told the new administration to hold an election within six months.

    Ravalomanana, who fled to Swaziland, has told Al Jazeera he is "confident" he will return home.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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