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Madagascan navy troops order Rajoelina to leave power in 7 days
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15:48, March 21, 2009

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Madagascan navy troops have ordered Andry Rajoelina to leave his power within seven days from March 18, when the High Constitutional Court (HCC) legalized him as President of the Indian Ocean island country.

In a communiqué carried Saturday by the local website, topmada.com, the soldiers based-at Invato, a district of the capital city where the international airport situated, condemned the recent "acts of vandalism perpetrated by the military CAPSAT (Army Corps of Personnel and Administrative and Technical Services)",who revolted against outgoing president Marc Ravalomanana two weeks ago.

"We condemn all violence against civilians that the CAPSAT officers led by Col André NDRIARIJAONA have committed during the month of March", said the communiqué dated on March 18.

"We condemn the elaboration by Andry Rajoelina and Ratsirahonana (HCC former president) for a civil war occurring in Madagascar."

The naval soldiers based at the barracks in Invato declared that the armed forces could never be divided by politics.

They claimed that their CAPSAT colleagues had been paid hundreds of millions of Ariaries, the Madagascan currency, by Andry Rajoelina, saying that evidence was "irrefutable".

They demanded for trials and punishments of those rebellious and uncontrollable military troops by martial law.

The naval soldiers urged to hold a national conference as soon as possible and asked Rajoelina to leave the power unconditionally within one week.

They called the international community not to interfere in the affairs which were purely between Madagascans.

The naval troops declared that they were ready and available to protect the nation by force if necessary.

Ex-president Ravalomanana handed over his presidency last Tuesday to an Executive Military Board led by the oldest and most senior military official, navy Admiral Hyppolite Ramaroson, before his resignation.

However, Hyppolite Ramaroson transferred the presidential power to Rajoelina just a few hour later.

Source: Xinhua

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