A holiday was called for the vote and streets in the capital were calm on Wednesday morning. Police vehicles cruised after minor violence was reported overnight. A fire was set at the offices of a party close to the coup leader, Andry Rajoelina. No one was injured and police have not said what they believe to be the motive.
Rajoelina’s opponents have called for a protest at midday, but such demonstrations are banned and it was unclear whether it would be held.