Madagascar's leader rejects Africa calls for power-sharing

Madagascar's leader Andry Rajoelina has snubbed the African Union's top diplomat again.

Madagascar's leader rejects Africa calls for power-sharing

Madagascar's leader Andry Rajoelina has snubbed the African Union's top diplomat, again rejecting calls for a consensus government to be formed without delay to resolve a political crisis on the Indian Ocean island.

The AU's Jean Ping opened talks with Madagascar's power brokers on Thursday, urging power-sharing deals agreed last year to be respected to end the year-long turmoil that has crippled economic growth and unnerved investors.

"All cohabitation (power-sharing) has become impossible because it is already the source of a new crisis and the origin of serious troubles in our country in recent times," Rajoelina said in a statement late on Thursday.

Rajoelina's hardline stance will do little to appease donors who stress that frozen aid worth hundreds of millions of dollars will only be released once there is a roadmap towards restoring constitutional order that is backed by all sides.

"The transitional regime repeats its commitment to organising consensual elections, free and inclusive in their preparation and organisation," said Rajoelina, who has scheduled elections for March 20.

But there are concerns among opposition leaders and international mediators that a hastily organised ballot will lack credibility and transparency.


Reuters

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