A delegation of the Indian Ocean
Commission will be meeting deposed Antananarivo mayor Andry Rajoelina today as
part of its effort to resolve Madagascar's political impasse. The commission is
in Madagascar to assess the current political stalemate between embattled
President Marc Ravalomanana and the former Antananarivo mayor. The commission
met with Ravalomanana yesterday after ruling party partisans demonstrated in
the capital to show their support for the president. Meanwhile, Rajoelina is
calling for a fresh protest march today to demand President Ravalomanana's
resignation. Malagasy journalist Mialy Randriamampianina tells reporter Peter
Clottey there seems to be a lot of confusion among the general population.
Indian Ocean Commission delegation with the French Secretary for Cooperation
and Francophony, Alain
in Madagascar to assess the situation in this country. So today, the delegation
would hold a meeting with Andry Rajoelina after they held a meeting with
President Marc Ravalomanana yesterday," Randriamampianina pointed out.
said the delegation would assess the situation in order to find a solution to
the political impasse between the president and the deposed mayor.
are trying to find a solution to really resolve the ongoing political crisis
here in Madagascar. So that is why they are making this assessment," she said.
said the Africa Union special envoy is also in the country as part of a
concerted effort by African leaders to resolve the crisis.
African Union Commission has sent an emissary that is currently in the country.
And he is here to mediate between President Ravalomanana and Andry Rajoelina.
But we have not been told when the meeting and discussion is going to take
place, although we know it would be happening soon," Randriamampianina pointed
Meanwhile, thousands gathered Wednesday for a
pro-government rally in Antananarivo, in a massive show of support for
President Ravalomanana, the first such effort to counter opposition protests
and reaffirm his grip on power.
Some political analysts
believe Rajoelina enjoys considerable support because of the widespread poverty
on the island, which they claim has fuelled his strength. But some of those who
protested for the president Wednesday were reportedly there to express their concern that sustained
unrest would simply further deplete their income.
Both President Ravalomanana
and opposition leader Rajoelina have accepted in principle to hold
negotiations, with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon acting as the facilitator
for the talks. But despite the agreement the opposition leader has vowed to
continue with his call for protest marches until the president resigns from