Malagasies are expressing fear that
ongoing political tensions in the country could spiral into a full-scale civil
war after an ultimatum by supporters of deposed President Marc Ravalomanana to
the new transitional government ends today (Friday). The former president's
supporters rejected calls by the transitional team led by Andry Rajoelina for
dialogue, vowing to continue their protests until the new government resigns.
They maintain that Ex-President Ravalomanana is still the president although he
resigned under opposition-led daily protests that led to at least a hundred
dead and scores injured.
Malagasy journalist Mialy Randriamampianina tells
reporter Peter Clottey that supporters of the former president are demanding
his return to power until his term expires in two years.
will be the end of the ultimatum made by supporters of Marc Ravalomanana. They
have been holding a series of meetings starting from last Saturday and they say
they are waiting for the transitional government headed by Andry Rajoelina to
resign. So, if the government doesn't resign today, they will continue with
their daily protests," Randriamampianina said.
said supporters have been urging the former president to return to the country
and take over the reins of government on the grounds Ravalomanana still has two
more years before his second terms expires.
are really waiting for him to return. You know Marc Ravalomanana called his
supporters on the phone when all of his supporters were in a meeting. He
promised them saying that he will return to Madagascar and as you know most of
his supporters say that for them Marc Ravalomanana is always the president of
Madagascar. The supporters say he was forced to resign and that they are not
accepting the transitional government led by Andry Rajoelina," she noted.
said it would be unlikely that the transitional government will resign as
demanded by supporters of former President Ravalomanana.
sure they (transitional government) will not resign because they have started
to work and they are starting to make some changes to some of the ministries.
And today they are going to nominate some more ministers in the Monja Roindefo
government," Randriamampianina said.
said there are fears among some Malagasies about tensions between supporters of
former president and the leader of the transitional government saying such
fears could lead to deadly clashes.
day that supporters of the former president hold their meetings there seem to
be collisions with supporters of the transitional government. So, we are really
afraid of civil war and even in one of the high schools here in the capital
there were confrontations between the supporters of the transitional government
and supporters of the former president. The transitional government has called
for peace negotiations and some people are hoping that it will go well so there
would be peace in this country because we are very afraid of civil war," she
community, including the African Union, Southern African Development Community
(SADC), European Union and United States, condemned the transfer of power in
Madagascar as unconstitutional describing it as a
coup d'état. Both
Washington and the European Union have suspended humanitarian aid as a result
of the opposition take over after the president was forced to resign.
The transitional government led by former opposition leader
Andry Rajoelina who took over after the former president resigned has decided to hold
a two-day national conference early next month to decide the date and the organization
of a presidential election. This comes after the country's navy ordered Andry
Rajoelina to leave his power within seven days from March 18, when the High
Constitutional Court (HCC) legalized him as president.
But the military came a week
after the navy's ultimatum declaring their support for the new president saying
the entire military was unanimous in its support for President Andry Rajoelina.
Meanwhile, the African Union is urging Madagascar's President Andry
Rajoelina to send a letter to the continental body to clarify if it was ready
or not to host the African Union (AU) summit, originally scheduled to be held
in Madagascar in early July.
Addressing his supporters a
few days ago after the High Constitutional Court legalized his presidency,
Rajoelina expressed his willingness to continue with preparation work for the
AU summit left by his predecessor.