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Madagascan transitional president invited for UN conference
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09:13, April 23, 2009

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Madagascan new president Andry Rajoelina was invited by the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to attend a ministerial conference on Somalia, scheduled the coming Thursday in Brussels.

The letter, signed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, called the former Antananarivo mayor as president of the Indian Ocean island country. La gazette de la grande Ile, a French-language daily, published the letter with Ban Ki-moon's signature here on Wednesday.

The daily paper said that the letter, delivered to Madagascan Ambassador to the United Nations Zina Andrianarivelo-Razafy on April 1, but Rajoelina received it only on Tuesday. No reasons were given for the 20-day delay.

With the support of the armed forces, Rajoelina formally replaced Marc Ravalomanana as president of the island country on March 21, following a 3-month bloody social disturbance against Ravalomanana, his political rival who was forced to resign on March 17.

The international community including the UN denounced the power transfer in Madagascar as unconstitutional and urged for a peaceful solution to the current political crisis that began last December.

This is reportedly the first time that the top UN official invited Rajoelina, 34, to attend an international conference. However, no official of the transitional government led by Rajoelina could confirm if Rajoelina accepted the invitation or not.


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