Madagascar army chief won't go

2010-04-08 22:30

Antananarivo - Madagascar's armed forces minister says that he refuses to leave his office, a day after the Indian Ocean island's military-backed leader fired him based on rumours of a coup.

General Noel Rakotonandrasana, who helped former disc jockey Andry Rajoelina seize power last year, said in a news conference on Thursday that he had no plans to stage a coup, and would not leave his position.

Rajoelina overthrew Marc Ravalomanana in March 2009 after weeks of protests left dozens of people dead. African countries denounced Rajoelina's takeover and suspended the country from the African Union (AU).

The AU imposed sanctions in March of this year on Madagascar after Rajoelina failed to implement a power-sharing deal prompted by last year's coup.