A group of officers claiming to have taken control of Madagascar’s government seem to have been isolated at their military barracks at the Antananarivo airport. Calm has returned to the Malagasy capital.
The coup was announced earlier today by Colonel Charles Andrianasoavina, who together with General Noël Rakotonandrasana and another 20 army officers made a statement to the press saying a “military council for the welfare of the people” had taken control of Madagascar.
Colonel Andrianasoavina said the transitional government, ruling Madagascar since the March 2009 coup of Anry Rajoelina, was now suspended. The putschists promised to “restore democracy” and seek “national reconciliation.”