Madagascar security forces regained control of four government ministry
offices early Friday from supporters of opposition leader Andry
Police officials say 50 people were arrested during the operation.
Madagascar's internal security minister, Desire Rasolofomanana, said civil servants can now return to work.
Opposition supporters took over the offices Thursday in their push to remove President Marc Ravalomanana from power.
entered the ministry offices, including two that control security,
after a standoff with police in the capital, Antananarivo, on Thursday.
20,000 people came out to support the opposition, which has held
demonstrations in front of government buildings since Monday.
has endured nearly a month of turmoil since Rajoelina began agitating
for the ouster of Mr. Ravalomanana. Rajoelina accuses the president of
being too authoritarian.
Rajoelina has declared himself the country's new leader and has vowed to take over the government.
President Ravalomanana says he remains in charge of the island nation's affairs.
than 100 people have been killed in demonstrations since the turmoil
began. That number includes 28 killed February 7, when
presidential guards fired on protesters who were marching toward the
Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.