Former Madagascar president stuck in Mozambique

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Posted: Dec 11, 2009 7:59 AM

A former Madagascar president says he has been unable to return to his homeland since participating in talks in Mozambique that angered Madagascar's current leader.

Attempts to reach Albert Zafy in Maputo were unsuccessful Friday. Mozambican officials say he remains in their country.

Zafy told Mozambican state radio earlier this week that Andry Rajoelina refused to allow his return. Rajoelina told The Associated Press he had not blocked Zafy, though his supporters may have.

Rajoelina overthrew democratically elected President Marc Ravalomanana in March.

Ravalomanana and his two predecessors, Zafy and Didier Ratsiraka, met in Maputo and named ministers for a unity government Tuesday. Rajoelina boycotted the negotiations, and says the outcome amounts to a coup.