The second round of talks aimed at
resolving Madagascar's political crisis are scheduled to conclude Wednesday in the Mozambican capital, Maputo.
The negotiations are mostly
centered on positions within a transitional unity government ahead of a general
election scheduled for the next 15 months.
The sticking point is who will hold
the position of
prime minister to lead the unity government at the talks.
negotiations are mediated by former Mozambican President Joachim Chissano
backed by the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
VOA's correspondent covering the talks in Mozambique said that Malagasy opposing parties at the talks are determined to resolve
the escalating political tensions in the country.
is being discussed today is who is going to be the prime minister, who is going
to be the deputy prime minister and so on," Pongoane said.
He said members of the unity
government will be excluded from the next general election.
"Those who will be part of
the transitional government, they will not run for election, which will be held
after 15 months of (the) preparation of constitutional amendment," he said.
Deposed President Marc
Ravalomanana has said he will not take part directly in the transition, but has
so far refused to rule out participating in the next election.
Pongoane said the former
president wants his party to be part of the transitional government.
"The ousted President Marc
Ravalomanana will not be part of that (government). In fact he said he will not
be part of a transitional process, but he allowed his party to be part of the
transitional process," Pongoane said.
He said participants repose
confidence in the talks.
"Yes, they are being honest
as far as I can understand from what I have been trying to get from them. They
are being very honest… all of them in fact said they are committed. I believe
that by the end of today there would be some sort of agreement who is going to
be prime minister (and) who is going to be the deputy prime minister," he said.
Participating in the ongoing
Malagasy talks in Maputo are, President Andry Rajoelina as well as former
Presidents Marc Ravalomanana, Didier Ratsiraka, and Albert Zafy.
Pongoane said there are
indications that the Malagasy impasse will be resolved.
"I believe that that will
happen. In fact after these discussions in Maputo, they will go back to their
country and then try to put this agreement that is reached in Maputo to all
other stakeholders," Pongoane said.
He said former Mozambican
President Joachim Chissano has played a pivotal role in the ongoing talks to
resolve tensions in Madagascar.
participants of the talks are expected to name a president, prime minister,
three deputy prime ministers and 28 ministers within 30 days under the terms of
an agreement signed earlier this month.