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U.S. suspends aid to Madagascar
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10:10, March 21, 2009

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The United States on Friday suspended its non-humanitarian aid to Madagascar while denouncing new Madagascar president Andry Rajoelina's rise to power as a "coup d'etat."

"The United States condemns the process under which Marc Ravalomanana was forced to resign as president of the Republic of Madagascar and Andry Rajoelina subsequently was installed as de facto head of state, as undemocratic and contrary to the rule of law," State Department deputy spokesman Robert Wood told reporters.

"This series of events is tantamount to a coup d'etat and the United States will not maintain our current assistance partnership with Madagascar. In view of these developments the United States is moving to suspend all non-humanitarian assistance to Madagascar," Wood said.

Ravalomanana on Tuesday stepped down and handed power to the military, which in turn transferred power to opposition leader Andry Rajoelina, who had led months of protests.

Madagascar's constitutional high court accepted Andry Rajoelinaas president of the island country on Wednesday.

Source: Xinhua

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