Madagascar: Antananarivo, opposition rally broken up

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Police in Antananarivo have dispersed an opposition rally, today, as it was reaching the main square located in front of the parliament building. Media witnesses said he episode is part of the growing political and social tensions. The protest organizers are said to be political groups demanding the resumption of parliament, which was scheduled to happen this very week in conformance to the accords between important parties in Madagascar as mediated by the African Union (AU). Several witnesses said that the police used tear gas top break up the crowds, while some demonstrators erected barricades with garbage containers and automobile tires. The rally has come in a difficult period. Andry Rajoelina, former mayor of Anatananarivo who took over the presidency last March, has nominated colonel Vital Albert Camille to lead the country, reiterating that he does recognize the agreements mediated by the AU that provide for the formation of a national unity government.