There are emerging reports that Madagascar’s President Marc Ravalomanana is  standing down and handing  power to the military, sources in the president’s office have told the BBC.

It comes hours after opposition leader Andry Rajoelina installed himself in the president’s offices, seized on Monday by pro-opposition troops.

Mr Ravalomanana has reportedly left the Iavoloha palace on the fringes of the capital for an undisclosed location.

The crisis on the Indian Ocean island has left 100 people dead since January. rajoelina1

“Apparently the president is handing over to the military and is going to make a declaration,” an aide said in a text to the BBC.

A spokesman for Mr Ravalomanana told Reuters news agency power had been handed to the most senior figure in the military, navy admiral Hyppolite Ramaroson.

“The order signed by Ravalomanana transfers the powers of the president and the prime minister to a military board,” an unnamed diplomat told AFP news agency.

The BBC’s Jonah Fisher in the capital Antananarivo says that as the military backs Mr Rajoelina, power will effectively be handed over to the opposition leader.

The move marks a dramatic victory for Mr Rajoelina, who was sacked as mayor of the capital in February.

The 34-year-old former disc jockey took up office at the presidential residence in central Antananarivo on Tuesday before emerging triumphantly to parade among thousands of supporters.

He has announced there will be a new constitution and elections within 24 months.

Our correspondent says the mood on the streets is one of relief as there had been fears of a bloody last stand if Mr Ravalomanana had continued to cling to power.

Earlier, a number of government ministers quit, as power ebbed away from the president.

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  1. I hope everyone in Madagascar will show restrainst since two wrongs dont make a right and do unto others as you would have them do unto you. There can only come ill will and bitterness from such things unless people truely turn to God their Creator and get right with him. He sent his only begotten Son to save sinners from their sins,he was born of a virgin,lived a sinless life,and died on the cross for your sins and mine and the sins of the whole world.He was buried,and rose from the dead.Was seen of men,and went back up to Heaven. If people individually will repent of their sins against God and trust The Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour and God he will give to them Gods gift of eternal life both now and in Heaven forever someday.At death or when he comes again for his own children,the saved.Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved,and thy house.(Acts16:31). Your sins can be forgiven you by him.From the Authorized King James Holy Bible of 1611,the preserved word of God. And tell others and try to help those children on the South Africa border and Zambian border.For more information,or . Thank You ,very much,Sincerely;

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