Madagascar Rebel Appoints 'Ministers,' Calls Strike

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ANTANANARIVO (AFP) — Madagascar opposition leader Andry Rajoelina on Tuesday called for a general strike and named four "ministers," as his deadly power struggle with the regime showed no sign of letting up.

Andry Rajoelina pressed on with his rival administration even as foreign brokers struggled to promote dialogue with President Marc Ravalomanana after 28 people were killed at the weekend when security opened fire on a protest.

Speaking to a crowd of around 5,000 demonstrators in the capital Antananarivo, Rajoelina urged the troubled Indian Ocean island nation to observe a general strike on Wednesday.

"Tomorrow nobody will leave their homes. Workers will not report for work and pupils will not go to school," said Rajoelina.

Around 100 people have died in protests and ensuing riots since the start of the year, with the 34-year-old Rajoelina drawing wide support against a president he accuses of being a dictator starving his people.

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