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Madagascar leader announces elections for March

Andry Rajoelina, file image
Andry Rajoelina has boycotted international talks to resolve the crisis

The man who took power in Madagascar earlier this year has called parliamentary elections for March 2010.

Andry Rajoelina's announcement comes a week after he said that it was no longer possible to work with his political rivals.

But in his announcement on state television, he made no mention of any presidential election - which are sought by international mediators.

Mr Rajoelina seized power with support from the military last March.

He has boycotted recent international talks aimed at ending the political crisis on the Indian Ocean island.

Mr Rajoelina said: "Today we ask the international community not to become too involved in Madagascar's problems. This country's problems will only be solved through this election."

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