Madagascar s ex president urges more protests

March 29, 2009 12:00 am

, ANTANANARIVO, Mar 29 – Madagascar’s ousted president Marc Ravalomanana has renewed calls to his supporters to strengthen their movement against the country’s transitional regime.

"Continue and reinforce the movement until the whole world knows that Madagascans will do everything for the return of a lawful" regime, he said in message to his supporters late Saturday.

"Do not be afraid, I will return soon. We will be together to work for success," added Ravalomanana, currently in South Africa.

His supporters have staged protests in Madagascar’s capital since Monday, denouncing the administration of Andry Rajoelina who was sworn in as the Indian Ocean island’s transitional leader.

Ravalomanana was forced to resign on March 17 following three months of demonstrations led by Rajoelina and after losing the support of the army which backed his rival.

On Saturday, at least 31 people were injured after police dispersed Ravalomanana’s supporters who gathered for a rally in Antananarivo.


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