Madagascar sentences ex-leader

Marc Ravalomanana jailed for four years and fined $70m for "abuse of power".

    Andry Rajoelina, who seized power in March, has promised elections by 2010 [Reuters]

    Andry Rajoelina, the opposition leader who took over from Ravalomanana after leading protests against him, has called the former president corrupt and dictatorial.

    He has established a transitional authority on the Indian Ocean island, and promised an election by 2010.

    But many African nations have condemned his takeover as a coup and urged talks between the two rivals.

    Ravalomanana is currently in South Africa, where he is seeking international support for a return to Madagascar.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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