Madagascar

    Madagascar's ousted President Marc Ravalomanana said he wants a neutral government to prepare for elections next year and won't accept "coup leader" Andry Rajoelina as leader of a transitional administration. Ravalomanana, who lives in exile in South Africa, said in an interview in Johannesburg that he's ready to attend crisis talks next week in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, to discuss the political impasse, adding the meeting should focus on the appointment of transitional leaders. "The main task of this transitional government is to prepare the elections, because this is the only way to restore democracy and constitutional order," he said. (Bloomberg)

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