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Madagascan opposition leader wants to know limit of "red zones"
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08:56, February 17, 2009

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Madagascan opposition leader Andry Rajoelina on Monday evening asked the government of his rival President Marc Ravalomanana to define the limit of the "red zones" because his supporters will gather in front of the ministerial buildings on Tuesday.

Outlining his strategy during an interview at his television station Viva, Rajoelina said that his supporters will not violate the "red zones" and only the ministers and his delegation will enter into the ministerial buildings on Tuesday.

He said public workers inside the ministries will accept his ministers once they get inside.

The police of the capital city of Antananarivo have announced that all ministrerial buildings are red zones and the security forces will fire without warning at those who try to force into the buildings.

Earlier in the afternoon, supporters of the opposition were stopped by police when they were on the way to take over the ministries, headed by ministers of the government of transition appointed by Rajoelina.

Rajoelina has announced that he will announce his new strategy to take over ministries on Tuesday, calling on all his supporters to gather at the May-13 Square for the event.

The current political crisis in the country began in December when Ravalomanana ordered to close Rajoelina's private radio and television station for its broadcasting an interview with Ratsiraka, who has been living in exile in France since he was taken over by Ravalomanana in 2002.

Dozens of people were killed in Antananarivo and elsewhere in late January, when thousands of Rajoelina supporters took to the streets, looting and setting the country's state broadcasting complex and other buildings on fire. Last Saturday, soldiers opened fire on Rajoelina supporters marching on a presidential palace in Antananarivo, killing at least 25.

Source: Xinhua

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