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Madagascar Coup Leader Claims He Should Head Transition


Madagascar's Andry Rajoelina, who took power in a coup that toppled president Marc Ravalomanana in March, now says he is the only man who can provide leadership to the Indian Ocean island nation.

Rajoelina, along with the ousted president Ravalomanana and two other former presidents last week negotiated an agreement to share power in a new consensus government to stay in place until next year's elections.

In an interview on state-run radio and television stations, Rajoelina said it is unimaginable that anyone else should lead the transition.

The agreement reached on August 9 calls for a 31-member unity transition government led by a prime minister and three deputy prime ministers.

Further negotiations on power sharing issues are set for this week with elections to be held in 15 months.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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