FORCES LOYAL TO MARC RAVOLAMANANA PREPARE FOR BATTLE IN MADAGASCARS
Soldiers loyal to Marc Ravolamanana prepare for a last military
offensive to secure the northern province of Antsiranana from his
rival, veteran ruler Didier Ratsiraka, June 29, 2002. The two men have
been battling for the presidency of the giant Indian Ocean island for
six months after disputed December elections. Ravalomanana currently
controls four of the island's six provinces, and most of Antsiranana.
If he can get the provincial capital, only the province of eastern
Toamasina, where Ratsiraka has rebased himself, will remain.
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