Madagascan transitional president protests consensus reached by former leaders

10:23, December 09, 2009      

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Madagascan transitional president Andry Rajoelina protested the consensus reached between the three former presidents in Maputo, Mozambican capital, a communique issued by the presidency said on Tuesday.

The communique said Rajoelina considered the resolution of the meeting held in Maputo since last Friday between the three former Presidents Marc Ravalomanana, Didier Ratsiraka and Albert Zafy as "a provocative approach that does not seek to resolve the current political crisis."

"Rajoelina's camp will not stick and does not endorse such an approach," said the communique issued following a telephone conversation between Rajoelina and former Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano, who led the joint mediation team.

The statement said Chissano informed Rajoelina that political camps respectively led by Zafy, Ratsiraka and Ravalomanana seek redistribution and the sharing of ministerial posts allocated to the movement of Rajoelina, according to the list drawn up by mediators on Nov. 13.

Midi, a French-language daily, reported that three former presidents agreed on Monday night to give Ravalomanana's camp the ministries of trade, foreign affairs, agriculture and land reform, higher education and scientific research, decentralization and regional planning and transport.

Ratsiraka's camp was given the ministries of finance, budget, energy, public health, post, telecommunications and new technologies, public works and public service, labor and social laws.

Zafy's camp took the portfolios of environment and forests, education, mines and hydrocarbons, tourism and handicraft, interior, and fisheries and fish resources.

The three political camps agreed to give Rajoelina's camp the ministries of defense, technical and vocational education, youth and leisure, economy and industry, livestock and sports.

For the Ministry of Justice, one of those in question, Didier Ratsiraka proposed that Rajoelina choose among five names from the Union of Magistrates in Madagascar.

However, the newspaper said there was not consensus for this ministry because Zafy and Ravalomanana rejected Ratsiraka's proposal.

Madagascan National Radio said the three political camps ended their meeting Tuesday morning and were scheduled to arrive in the Indian Ocean island country in the night with their proposal rejected by Rajoelina's camp.

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