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Madagascar's president vows to fight on -spokesman

ANTANANARIVO, March 17 (Reuters) - Madagascar's President Marc Ravalomanana will fight to the end and has discussed military support with both the United Nations and South African states, his spokesman said on Monday.

"The president plans to stay in Madagascar. He said this to the presidential guard, who told him he should be placed elsewhere, and he replied 'I will die with you if I have to'. That's his stand," said Andry Ralijaona, spokesman for the president's office.

"The president's powers are now limited, obviously. This is becoming a military coup. He still has the power to call on external help and a network through which to call on the people," Ralijaona told Reuters.

He outlined a series of options for Ravalomanana following the seizure on Monday of a presidential palace and the central bank by soldiers backing opposition leader Andry Rajoelina.

"The fourth option is we call for the support of the international community, from SADC (South African Development Community) and/or the U.N. This would be military and administrative support," he said.

"This option has been discussed with both SADC and the UN." (Reporting by Richard Lough; Editing by David Clarke and Charles Dick)

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