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Madagascar leader blocks opposition flight after talks

Andry Rajoelina, file image
Andry Rajoelina ordered a ban on all flights from Mozambique

Madagascar's opposition leaders have been left stranded after talks in the Mozambican capital when the interim president blocked their plane.

Andry Rajoelina is said to be unhappy with the outcome of the talks, which he refused to attend - accusing the delegates of "high treason".

Prime Minister Eugene Mangalaza is one of those stranded.

Tensions remain high despite a political agreement reached last month for a 15-month transitional period.

Former President Albert Zafy told Radio Mozambique that the interim leader, Mr Rajoelina, had accused those in Mozambique of trying to organise a coup d'etat.

"He ordered a complete ban on flights coming from Mozambique," Mr Zafy said.

The BBC's Jose Tembe in Maputo says Fetison Andrianitina and Emmanuel Rakotovahiny, co-presidents of the presidential council set up under a previous agreement in Addis Ababa in November, are also stranded in Maputo.

Former presidents Didier Ratsiraka and Marc Ravalomanana, who both live in exile, were able to leave after taking part in the negotiations on sharing out cabinet posts.

Mr Rajoelina was named president in March after the army sided with him following a long power-struggle with Mr Ravalomanana.

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