SADC leaders urge world to shun Madagascar leader

SADC, which has suspended Madagascar from membership of the bloc, called for the resumption of power-sharing talks.

SADC leaders urge world to shun Madagascar leader

Southern African leaders urged the international community on Thursday to reject plans by Madagascar's military-backed Andry Rajoelina to ignore power-sharing talks and hold an election.

The leaders said after a special meeting on Madagascar and Zimbabwe organised by the security organ of the Southern African African Development Community (SADC) that they were deeply concerned about the Indian Ocean island's political crisis.

Rajoelina, who toppled former President Marc Ravalomanana in a military-backed coup last March, is forging ahead with unilateral plans for parliamentary polls.

"The summit rejects any attempt to use democratic means, institutions and processes to legitimise governments that came to power through unconstitutional means," said a SADC statement after the meeting in the Mozambican capital Maputo.

"The summit also rejects the unilateral plan of the 'de facto' government of Madagascar to 'reorganize' the transition and hold legislative elections in March 2010," it said.

SADC, which has suspended Madagascar from membership of the bloc, called for the resumption of power-sharing talks.

Rajoelina, 35, tore up a series of internationally-brokered agreements shortly before Christmas and appointed a senior military officer as prime minister to govern the country, which is increasingly eyed by outsiders for its oil and minerals.


Reuters


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