Madagascar’s three main political movements welcome extraordinary SADC summit on Roadmap

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Johannesburg, 01 April 2011

Madagascar’s three major political movements – representing over 80% of the Malagasy people – have welcomed the announcement by the SADC “troika” that it is to convene an urgent extraordinary summit on the country, saying they have pulled Madagascar back from the brink of disaster.

Speaking on behalf of himself and former presidents Ratsiraka and Zafy, the leaders of the major political movements, exiled Madagascan President Marc Ravalomanana said: “We are delighted that the SADC roadmap has not been accepted by the troika and that they have effectively re-stated that the regime in Madagascar was and is still illegal.

“We now have a chance for peace in our country. Instead of the current unilateral action, we can work with the mediation team towards a truly inclusive government of national unity.

Les trois chefs de mouvance
Les trois chefs de mouvance
“It is significant that the official communiqué of the Troika meeting, by recalling and reiterating its decisions of March 2009 on the urgent need to restore constitutional order in Madagascar, firmly rebuts the actions of the coup leader who is acting unilaterally in trying to set up his own government.

“It is also significant that the communiqué again commits itself to Malagacho-Malagache dialogue to be guided by consensus, inclusivity and transparency,” President
Ravalomanana said.

“What is happening Madagascar is exactly the opposite of what SADC is calling for. The regime is trying to push ahead without consensus, as none of the three major political mouvances have accepted the SADC roadmap. There is no inclusivity and there is no transparency – the regime continues to jail and detain its political opponents. It is also keeping major political players out of the country.

“The SADC troika seems to have recognised that the SADC roadmap is fatally flawed.

Their intervention has given us hope. They have recognised that the only thing that will restore peace to Madagascar is internationally supervised free-and-fair elections.

“The three political mouvances are prepared to play their part honestly and openly, rejecting violence as we strive for full participation in the political future of our country,” he said.

Patrick Gearing, Meropa Communications

2 pensées sur “Madagascar’s three main political movements welcome extraordinary SADC summit on Roadmap”

  1. ALL MALAGASY CITIZEN SHOULD BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE BACK TO THEIR MOTHER COUNTRY. CAN THE H.A.T. MEMBERS ARGUE THEY ARE CLEAN ENOUGH? OF COURSE NO.
    JUSTICE SHOULD NOT BE A POLITICAL TOOL AS IT APPEARS TO BE, PARTICULARLY SINCE MARCH 2009. AS AN EXAMPLE: IS Mr. MAMY RAKOTOARIVELO NOT INTELLIGENT ENOUGH TO DIRECTLY SUPERVIZE A BOMBING AGAINST RAJOELINA? BELIEVE ME OR NOT BUT I SAY NO.

  2. The SADC’decision is very important and has to continue. We need the international help because we are completly powerfullness in fron of the militaries who doesn’t stop to terrorize the population. Without a strong « help » from the outside, we, Malagasy people, can’t survive of this deep crisis. BUT., if we, Malagasy people want only wait for the international « help » we will certainly desappear one by one. We need to struggle too, if not, the international community can’t help us.

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