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Authorities Arrest Renegade General in Madagascar


Authorities in Madagascar say they have captured a renegade general who was allegedly behind an apparent coup attempt last month.

Officials say they captured General Randrianafidisoa, known as "General Fidy," late Tuesday in a hotel room in the capital, Antananarivo.

A top security official, Victor Razakanirina, said the general did not resist arrest. He added that a number of weapons, including three AK-47s, were found in the room.

General Fidy is accused of staging an apparent pre-election coup attempt. One government soldier was killed in the November 18 clash at a military base that pitted government troops against forces loyal to General Fidy.

The general was barred from running in the December polls that saw President Marc Ravalomanana re-elected.

In related news, Madagascar's high court, Wednesday, rejected an opposition candidate's, Roland Ratsiraka, challenge to Mr. Ravalomanana's victory.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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