• Short Summary

    In Madagascar, the head of state, Major-General Gabriel Ramanatsoa, stood down in Tananarive on Wednesday (5 February) to make way for a new government.

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    In Madagascar, the head of state, Major-General Gabriel Ramanatsoa, stood down in Tananarive on Wednesday (5 February) to make way for a new government.

    Full executive powers have been handed to Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Ratsimandrava.

    Colonel Ratsimandrava "as the most experienced minister in General Ranantspoa's former government which was dissolved on 25 January after an apparent abortive coup led by one of his military advisers.

    General Ramanartsoa had gained power in 1972 after uprisings against the government of the day.

    In recent moths opposition to his rule grew in intensity culminating in the reported coup. Increasingly, General Ramanantsoa became a leader under siege, with the last major call for his resignation coming from the Malagasy Sociality Party two days before he eventually stood down.

    Handing over power, he said that his government had lacked the unity and cohesion necessary to direct the country's development.

    Nevertheless, the hand-over was voluntary, and strictly within the terms of the provisional constitution which has been in force since Parliament was suspended in 1972.

    The new head of State, Colonel Ratsimandrava, immediately formed a government comprising nine civilians and seven military officers -- all of them new appointments.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB8CFPPXY2N0P62PR12D70KP0U
    Media URN:
    VLVAB8CFPPXY2N0P62PR12D70KP0U
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/02/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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