March 16, 2009 / 2:01 PM / in 11 years

AU condemns "coup d'etat" attempt in Madagascar

ADDIS ABABA, March 16 (Reuters) - The African Union said on Monday that a push by the opposition in Madagascar to remove the president was an attempted coup d’etat and called on the people of the Indian Ocean island to respect their constitution.

“The situation in Madagascar is an internal conflict. It is an attempted coup d’etat. We condemn the attempted coup d’etat,” Edouard Alo-Glele, Benin’s envoy to Ethiopia, told reporters after a meeting of the AU’s Peace and Security Council.

“We ask the people of Madagascar to do everything consistent with their constitution,” he said after the emergency meeting. (Reporting by Tsegaye Tadesse, Editing by David Clarke)

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