Pro-opposition soldiers have forced Madagascar’s army chief to resign a day after he intervened in the Indian Ocean island’s six-week political crisis.

General Edmond Rasolofomahandry on Tuesday gave the country’s political rivals 72 hours to end their dispute which has paralysed the country.

The dissident soldiers have taken over the army headquarters and forced him to resign but there has been no fighting.

Earlier, the opposition leader said he would boycott Thursday’s peace talks.

President Marc Ravalomanana has been involved in a power struggle with opposition leader Andry Rajoelina since mid-January.

At least 100 people have died during opposition protests.

Andre Andriarijaona has now been sworn in as the new army chief.

But he denied that the army was divided.

“Negotiations with the general were completed in the fraternity worthy of the army. Now all the corps in Madagascar are behind me, and our cohesion has not been affected,” he said. The AFP news agency reports that only the president would normally appoint an army chief of staff.

On Tuesday, dissident soldiers also forced the defence minister to resign.

Mr Rajoelina’s spokesman earlier said that he would not attend a national conference on Thursday, at which he had been expected to hold talks with the president.

President Ravalomanana on Tuesday gave a rare national address, in which he admitted to making mistakes and called for an end to violence after two days of looting in the capital Antananarivo.

The whereabouts of Mr Rajoelina are unclear after a French foreign ministry spokesman said he had left the French embassy in the capital Antananarivo.

Frederic Desagneaux told AFP that Mr Rajoelina was no longer in the French embassy.

He refused to give further details, directing enquiries to the United Nations.

The UN had said it would offer protection to the opposition leader.

Earlier, hundreds of government supporters had gathered outside the French embassy, demanding that the opposition leader be handed over.

Mr Rajoelina, a 34-year-old former DJ and Antananarivo mayor, went into hiding last week after the security forces tried to arrest him.



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  1. With all the political Crisis in Madagascar and other troubles there and around the world what is the answer for all of these problems? There has to be something for the nations of the world as well as individuals to do to solve these problems. Well these problems are caused primarily by the sinful nature of all mankind,since all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. And God our Creator did something about it , he sent his only begotten son into the world to save sinners. He lived a sinless life,and died for our sins on the cross,he was buried,and rose from the dead and was seen of men and went back up to Heaven. To have our sins forgiven by God and our soul saved from hell we must repent of our sins and trust The Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour and God.Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved,and thy house.(Acts16:31). From the preserved word of God,the Authorized King James Holy Bible of 1611. Thank You,very much, Sincerely;

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