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Madagascan transitional gov't to accept all offers to end crisis
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14:11, May 02, 2009

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Prime minister under Madagascan transitional authority Monja Roindefo said on Friday that his government was ready to accept every offer contributing to get the country out of the current political crisis.

Roindefo told Xinhua through telephone that the transitional authority would not reject nor accept the African Union proposal to hold the national election before the end of this year.

AFP reported from Addis Ababa on Thursday that the Madagascan transitional authority had agreed to hold next presidential election before the end of the year.

However, Roindefo said that "the reported declaration was not an official statement from the African Union".

The transitional government would make a decision on the AU proposal at a national consultative conference, scheduled in June this year, he added.

At the last national conference early in April, the transitional authority led by former Antananarivo mayor Andry Rajoelina agreed to cut short the transitional period to 19 months from the original 24 months and to hold the presidential election in October 2010.

The meeting also decided to hold a national referendum to adopt a new constitution the coming September.

Rajoelina officially replaced Marc Ravalomanana as president of the Indian Ocean island country on March 21, four days after the resignation of Ravalomanana.

Ravalomanana has been trying to overthrow the transitional authority ever since he fled out of the country on March 25.

His hand-picked prime minister Manandafy Rakotonirina, 71, was arrested by the police late Wednesday evening together with seven others for keeping arms illegally and his responsibility for the violent anti-government demonstrations in the last few weeks.

The International community, including the AU and the Southern African Development Community, has made tremendous efforts to negotiate a peaceful settlement on the political crisis, which broke out over the island country last December.

Source: Xinhua

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