Madagascar: 3 leaders going ahead with unity gov't

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Posted: Dec 09, 2009 1:23 AM

Three political leaders from Madagascar say they are going ahead with forming a unity government, but a fourth politician says that amounts to a coup.

Andry Rajoelina did not attend a round of negotiations in Mozambique that ended late Tuesday with a declaration naming Cabinet ministers. The three other leaders in Mozambique accuse Rajoelina of blocking attempts to form a coalition.

Rajoelina told The Associated Press he rejected Tuesday's declaration. He says it amount to "a coup d'etat."

Rajoelina overthrew democratically elected President Marc Ravalomanana in March following weeks of protests that claimed dozens of lives.

Rajoelina, Ravalomanana and two other leaders forged a power-sharing deal in August, but have been unable to agree on implementation.