The Africa Union effort to find a
resolution to the crisis in Madagascar is set to begin Wednesday after a day's
delay to enable all political parties to take part. But representatives of
former President Marc Ravalomanana are refusing to join the talks. They claim
the former president, who resigned under pressure, is still the
constitutionally recognized leader.
Some Malagasies believe the talks could
help end the political crisis which they say would make the country
Malagasy journalist Mialy Randriamampianina told VOA that finding a solution is challenging since some parties refuse to be
part of today's AU organized discussions.
of Andry Rajoelina would of course be there, and there should be
representatives from Marc Ravalomanana, but you know, they refused to be
present at the meeting anymore," she said.
said the former president seems not to be enthused about the negotiations.
received some orders from Marc Ravalomanana not to participate in these
negotiations anymore," Randriamampianina said.
said many Malagasy citizens want to be a part of today's discussions.
people and many entities want to participate in the debate because according to
them, they would like to contribute in the decision-making," she said.
said some people are fed up with the political impasse.
people are quite bored of the political situation. We were trying to find a
solution for many months now. We don't know what is going to happen," she said.
said the refusal of some of the political parties to resolve the political
impasse is going to have an adverse effect on a way forward.
problem is that as some of the entities are not participating in the debate,
then it is not that sure that we are going to find a solution (to the crisis),"
said the former president is taking his crusade to the media, refusing to
become part of a coalition government and insisting that he is still the
president of the country.
is not ready to share the power, and he is always speaking on some private
media, radio stations, even on TV stations and even on YouTube to speak to
Malagasy people," Randriamampianina said.
Former President Marc
Ravalomanana was forced to resign early this year after almost daily opposition
protest that often turned violent leading to scores being killed and several
Ravalomanana claims he
resigned under duress after appending his signature at gunpoint and handing
over power to the military. The move paved the way for then-opposition leader
Rajoelina, who was widely backed by the military, to take over power.
The African Union and other
international organizations condemned the takeover as a coup d'état, refusing
to recognize the new president and cutting off some aid.
Mr. Rajoelina accused former
President Ravalomanana of running a dictatorship after claiming the former
president was preventing opposition protesters from voicing dissent.
Meanwhile, three former
Malagasy presidents plus the current leader Rajoelina say they intend to
participate in a presidential election scheduled to be held within the next 14
the four presidents, Marc Ravalomanana, Didier Ratsiraka, Albert Zafy and
Rajoelina, reportedly announced last week that they would be national
candidates in next year's contest.
Last weekend, a
representative of former President Ratsiraka walked out of talks organized to
form a consensus government. This has
led some political observers to note that the Africa Union will have a
formidable task this week to resolve the debilitating crisis.
mediators, including special envoys from the African Union, the Southern
African Development Community (SADC) and the international organization of
French-speaking countries, are looking to Malagasy stakeholders to sign a
charter of transition during the third phase of current negotiations.
reportedly suggested an eight-institution body for the transitional period.
This would consist of a high transitional authority, a government of national
unity, a transitional congress, a national council of reconciliation and a
committee of truth and reconciliation, an economic and social council, a high
court of transition, a reflection committee on defense and national security,
and an independent electoral commission.