Madagascar opposition says its leader to head transition

ANTANANARIVO Tue Mar 17, 2009 9:16am EDT

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ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) - Officials of Madagascar's opposition movement said Tuesday their leader Andry Rajoelina would head a transitional authority after the Indian Ocean island's president handed over to the military.

Opposition officials, speaking at a ceremony when Rajoelina entered outgoing leader Marc Ravalomanana's offices, said the opposition would organize elections within 24 months and re-write the constitution to create a "Fourth Republic."

(Reporting by Richard Lough; Writing by Andrew Cawthorne)

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