transitional President, Andry Rajoelina and his rival, ousted President Marc
Ravalomanana and two other former presidents are scheduled to meet Wednesday in
The meeting forms part of fresh efforts by international
mediators to jumpstart negotiations to find solutions to an ongoing political
declined mediators' invitation to be part of negotiations with former President
Ravalomanana, saying he will not negotiate with the masterminds of recent bomb
attacks which left several people dead and scores injured.
Ravalomanana supporters for carrying out the attacks. The Voice of America's Guilo Ramilison said that
Malagasies are hopeful Wednesday's talks will end escalating tensions in
the political leaders, which means the four (president and three former
leaders) of them would be there. All Malagasy people are expecting a lot from
these talks in Mozambique," Ramilison said.
He said previous attempts at
resolving the crisis failed.
have been trying to find solutions. From abroad they came here and had lots of meetings,
but nothing happened since then. So we are expecting a lot from this meeting in
Maputo," he said.
Ramilison said there
is reason to believe that the transitional president was bluffing to gain
advantage over his opponents during the talks.
"I think people have come to
be more clever and like everybody say, in negotiations sometimes you say no
just because you want to get more. But I think everybody understands that they
should come to a round table and talk about the situation, which is getting worse
and worse," Ramilison said.
Before leaving for
Mozambique, Rajoelina reportedly said he was attending the talks to try to end
the violence and restore peace to Madagascar.
Ramilison said Rajoelina's
change of mind could be attributed to the sudden end of recent bomb attacks.
"I think the bombers stopped
before the talks, so everybody is on the right track now," Ramilison said.
He described as bizarre the
current escalating political stalemate.
"You see, the crisis in
Madagascar is a very strange one because we started with some kind of rebellion
in February and we ended up with the president (Ravalomanana) resigning. But
since then nothing has really moved on the political side," he said.
The political crisis in
Madagascar deepened after former President Ravalomanana was allegedly forced to
resign after months of opposition protests.
Former opposition leader
Rajoelina ascended to power after Ravalomanana's resignation, a move widely
condemned by the international community as a coup d'état.