Rebel Madagascar officer says to shut airport

Wed Nov 17, 2010 3:45pm GMT

ANTANANARIVO Nov 17 (Reuters) - A dissident military officer in Madagascar said on Wednesday his group of rebels planned to seize the presidential palace and shut the country's international airport.

Rebel Colonel Charles Andrianasoavina told France 24 television that the dissident group had not yet suspended the government's institutions, but that was still their intention.

"We intend to take control of the presidential palace," he said.

"We are close to the international airport. Depending on the situation tomorrow the airspace will be closed. Tomorrow we intend to take the airport and stop anybody leaving Madagascar." (Editing by David Clarke and Louise Ireland)

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