March 9, 2002 |
Madagascar's opposition seized control of the Defense Ministry on Friday, gaining support of the military in a dispute over the outcome of presidential elections more than two months ago. Opposition leader Marc Ravalomanana declared himself president after the Dec. 16 elections and organized a series of protests and a strike to force incumbent President Didier Ratsiraka to step down. Ratsiraka responded by declaring martial law here in the capital, a move that was widely ignored.
July 29, 1992 |
Soldiers seized control of Madagascar state radio early today and said they had staged a coup. The soldiers said in a broadcast that they had set up a "Committee to Rescue the Nation" and had taken full control of the troubled Indian Ocean island republic. There was no indication of the whereabouts of President Didier Ratsiraka, the autocratic leftist leader who has clung to power despite general strikes, protest rallies and political turmoil over the last year.