Madagascar's Exiled President Vows Return Saturday

Published January 20, 2012 9:54AM (EST)

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The president of Madagascar, exiled in South Africa since a 2009 coup, says he will return to his Indian Ocean homeland on Saturday.

Marc Ravalomanana told reporters of his plans Friday in Johannesburg.

In Madagascar, security officials have said he faces arrest upon return,

Following the coup, Ravalomanana was convicted in absentia of conspiracy to commit murder in a case related to the turmoil during his overthrow. The court was appointed by Andry Rajoelina, who took power with the military's backing in 2009. Ravalomanana called the tribunal illegitimate.

Attempts to find a political solution in Madagascar have been troubled. A new prime minister and unity Cabinet that took office last year were greeted with protests by some opposition figures and skepticism from the international community. Rajoelina appears firmly in control.

By Salon Staff

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