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Support for Madagascar 'coup bid'
President of Madagascar Marc Ravalomanana. File photo
President Ravalomanana is favourite to win the polls
Eight candidates in Madagascar's presidential elections have publicly supported an army general who last week staged an apparent coup attempt.

They said General Randrianafidiosa's call for soldiers to oust President Marc Ravalomanana was aimed at defending the constitution.

They also said it was in the interests of the nation.

General Fidy had wanted to be a candidate in the elections, but was barred by the constitutional court.

The general has not been caught.

"We do not accept the pursuit of General Fidy and the soldiers with him," said presidential candidate Pety Rakotoniaina.

Mr Ravalomanana is favourite to win the 3 December elections.




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