Madagascar approves new constitution

Election officials in Madagascar say voters have approved a new constitution.

The head of the electoral commission on Monday said 74 percent of voters approved the charter, which could keep coup leader Andry Rajoelina in power indefinitely. They say nearly 53 percent of eligible people voted. The constitutional court has yet to issue final results.

A group of mutinous officers tried to seize power midway through voting day on Wednesday but the vote continued uninterrupted. The officers surrendered days later.

Leaders of Madagascar's neighboring countries, meeting Saturday at a regional summit in Botswana, said they did not recognize the referendum as legitimate.

Rajoelina, a former mayor and disc jockey toppled an elected president in March 2009 with the military's backing.