Madagascar's new government will today
(Monday) begin compiling a report of its first 50 days in government following
the resignation of former President Marc Ravalomanana. President Andry
Rajoelina's government said despite enormous challenges, it is determined to
help alleviate the suffering of the ordinary Malagasy. The new administration
however dismissed as unfounded accusations that it ordered the military to use
violence to prevent opposition protests.
In an exclusive interview with the
VOA, Prime Minister Monja Roindefo said that the new government is determined
to work for a better life for its citizens.
you know, we have already almost 50 days on the government and we are making
the report of these 50 days. I have gone on a tour around Madagascar up to now
through these regions which have been struck by the typhoon here in
Madagascar," Roindefo said.
said the new government has more to do before it can resolve the enormous
economic challenges facing the ordinary Malagasy
we could see that there is a lot to be done here in terms of improvement in the
Malagasy life to reconstruct the infrastructure. So, we are conscience that we
have a lot to do in this government," he said.
praised the country's international partners who maintain support to
Antananarivo despite the political impasse that threatens its stability.
to God up to now, our technical and financial partners, they have not cancelled
out the aid to Madagascar. The European Union, the African Bank for
Development, and the French Agency for Development all of them have continued
to support the Malagasy effort to alleviate the poverty here in Madagascar," he
dismissed recent calls by former President Ravalomanana for peace negotiations
with the new government with the aim of power sharing.
have never rejected dialogue it was him (Ravalomanana) who has rejected
dialogue. It was him who has killed a lot of people and who has not listened to
the people," Roindefo said.
said the United States Ambassador to Madagascar has played a pivotal role in
promoting dialogue between the political divide aimed at resolving the ongoing
political impasse between Ravalomanana and current President Rajoelina
is only him (American Ambassador) who forces the hands of the Malagasy people
to go again for this dialogue with Marc Ravalomanana. What we need here is a
dialogue between the Malagasy itself," he said.
rejected as untrue accusations that opposition supporters were prevented from
is not true because you know that we are democrats. We have given our lives to
struggle against this dictatorship. But the one thing that we have to discern
that we invite our discernment is that fact that those demonstrators who have
demonstrated in Antananarivo, in this place of democracy that the President
Andry Rajoelina has advertised as a place of democracy," Roindefo said.
weeks before President Ravalomanana's forced resignation, Andry Rajoelina had
only just emerged as the undisputed opposition leader, and Ravalomanana's grip
on power appeared under little threat. But political analysts argue his
impatience with civil demonstrations cost him dearly.
initially allowing partisans of the former president to vent their
disappointment via daily protests, the transitional government, led by former
opposition leader Andry Rajoelina, tightened the screws, banning rallies and
unleashing security forces on transgressors.
new president, a former disc jockey who became a successful businessman before
winning the mayoral race in the capital, Antananarivo, relied heavily on his
private radio and television network to mobilize support. He accused
Ravalomanana of dictatorship and of flouting the constitution after the
president banned protests.
encourage his supporters, Rajoelina announced that foreign investors already
wanted to come to Madagascar for tourism projects. Analysts say Rajoelina, the
youngest president in Madagascar's history, has ambition but his way is style
fraught with pitfalls.
international community condemned Rajoelina's assumption of power after the
former president was reportedly forced to resign. The African Union condemned
his take over as a coup d'état while the regional Southern African Development
Community (SADC) refused to recognize the new administration and suspended
Madagascar from the regional body.