Ousted Madagascar leader boarding flight for return

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Posted: Jan 21, 2012 3:08 AM
Ousted Madagascar leader boarding flight for return

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Ousted Madagascar leader Marc Ravalomanana was boarding a South African Airways plane Saturday to return home after nearly three years in exile, a spokesman said.

"He is about to climb onto the plane and is departing out of the state protocol lounge. The airline has said they will allow him to board," a spokesman for the former president told Reuters.

The plane is scheduled to depart at 10 a.m. (0800 GMT) and is expected to land in the capital Antananarivo at 3 p.m. (1200 GMT).

(Reporting by Ed Stoddard; editing by Tim Pearce)