Members of Madagascar’s military occupied a presidential palace in the country’s capital Monday evening. According to reports, President Marc Ravalomanana was in another palace at the time.
Gunfire was heard in Antananariv, as tanks stormed the palace after the military joined opposition leader Andry Rajoelina in his power struggle with the president.
The fierce power struggle on the African nation has triggered a military mutiny, leaving at least 100 people dead since January 2009.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Embassy in Madagascar told non-essential workers to prepare to leave and warned citizens against traveling to the island nation.
“The State Department warns U. S. citizens of the risks of traveling to Madagascar, and recommends deferring all but essential travel to Madagascar because of escalating civil unrest stemming from a political rift between supporters of the former mayor of the capital city of Antananarivo and the government of Madagascar,” according to the statement.
Reuters’ Neena Dhaun reports.