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Report: Madagascan transitional president not want to be next president
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20:51, May 13, 2009

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President of Madagascan High Transitional Authority, Andry Rajoelina, has reportedly said that he did not want to be a candidate in the next presidential election scheduled for October next year.

It was announced on Tuesday when Rajoelina met diplomats here, according to L'Express, a French-language daily published here on Wednesday. He also informed representatives of Madagascan civil societies of his decision later on Tuesday.

"My priority and that of the institution that I chair is not to be a candidate for the elections, but to prepare the ground for a better environment," Rajoelina was quoted as saying.

It seemed that Rajoelina wanted to reassure the international community that he had really tried to find a solution to get the country out the political crisis that began last December, the daily said.

Supporters of former President Marc Ravalomanana saw Rajoelina's announcement as a sign of decline of his transitional regime that he set up early last February.

"It is may be the heavy internal and external pressures that forced Rajoelina to make the decision," former vice-president of the Senate Noel Rakotoamboa told L'Express. "This proves his inability to lead the country. We expected to the extent that those who took power by force were not bound by the desire to remove the president. They have nothing to offer in the future. It should not be surprised if later, he gives up."

"It's a good thing. This helps to settle the situation," a diplomat here said, suggesting that "there is a chance to strengthen the negotiations which should be held this week."

At the end of last January, Rajoelina told his supporters at amass gathering against his predecessor, Marc Ravalomanana, that he had no interest to be president of the country and what he wanted to do is to establish true democracy over the island.

Rajoelina, 34, replaced Ravalomanana to be president of the Indian Ocean island country on March 21, following a three-month demonstrations and political stalemate.

However, private Antsiva Radio said on Wednesday that the report by the daily paper had no been officially announced by Rajoelina and a final decision would be made at the four-day national conference scheduled to begin here on June 20.

Source: Xinhua

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