Madagascar's Rajoelina may meet rivals before AU sanctions

Rajoelina has called a meeting next week with leading opposition groups to try to resolve a year-long political crisis before the African Union imposes sanctions.

Madagascar's Rajoelina may meet rivals before AU sanctions

Madagascar's President Andy Rajoelina has called a meeting next week with leading opposition groups to try to resolve a year-long political crisis before the African Union imposes sanctions.

While one opposition party cautiously welcomed the move, it was unclear whether Rajoelina would be able to rally enough cross-party support to strike a deal and head off the punitive measures.

The AU said last week it would slap travel bans and asset freezes on Madagascar's leadership on March 17 if the government had still not complied with power-sharing agreements struck last year in Mozambique and Ethiopia.

Rajoelina said in a television address late Thursday, "We will consider steps to take and gather views from the majority so we can come up with a political structure."

He said the conference would take place on March 4-5 and include the authorities, the main opposition movements, as well as civil society organisations.

"We have received the message from the international community about sanctions. But we think it is time for the Malagasy to assume their responsibilities," he said.

In another attempt to sway international views, Rajoelina this week appointed Hyppolite Rarison Ramaroson, the navy Admiral who handed him power in March, as his foreign minister.


Reuters

Last Mod: 26 Şubat 2010, 16:26
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