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.
GV PAN FROM Skyline to Malagasy Socialist Party building (2 shots)
GV Armed security guards on road to none of General Ramanantsoa
CU Barbed wire surrounding villa and views of villa
SV General Ramanantsoa seated at desk with guests
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Background: 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.