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Madagascar's president has ceded power to his military and the country's opposition leader is expected to declare himself president of the African nation, U.S. diplomats reported Tuesday.

The move follows weeks of turmoil and sometimes-violent clashes on the island, located off the southeastern coast of Africa.

Over the weekend, besieged President Marc Ravalomanana insisted he would remain in power. But Ravalomanana submitted his resignation to the chief of his armed forces Tuesday, citing constitutional provisions, the U.S. State Department said. Read full article »

CNN Foreign Affairs correspondent Jill Dougherty contributed to this report.

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