Madagascar's Ravalomanana backs down from Tuesday agreement

08:15, October 09, 2009      

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Former Madagascan President Marc Ravalomanana backs down from an internationally backed deal reached on Tuesday by saying that he rejects the proposal on the transitional presidency.

"We could not legitimate that a sponsor of a coup would be president, I would not sign any agreement in this context," Ravalomanana told his supporters through telephone from South Africa on Wednesday.

Fetison Rakoto Andrianirina, the representative of Ravalomanana, said on Thursday that his camps agreed that the president of the transition could be from Rajoelina's camp, but not forcefully Rajoelina himself.

Meanwhile, representatives of the camps led by Ratsiraka, Rajoelina and Zafy claimed that the agreement reached on Tuesday might be feasible despite the declaration by Ravalomanana.

Through mediation of international community, representatives of four major political camps agreed that Andry Rajoelina, the ruling transitional president, retained the post in the transition, which would be ended in October next year.

The political camps, led respectively by Rajoelina and former presidents Marc Ravalomanana, Didier Ratsiraka and Albert Zafy, also agreed that Dr. Emmanuel Rakotovahiny, prime minister in Zafy' s regime from 1993 to 1996, would be vice president in the transition and Eugene Mangalaza, former dean of Toamasina University, would prime minister to replace Monja Roindefo Zafirtsimivalo, appointed by Rajoelina in February.

In talks with the international mediators, including African Union Commission President Jean Ping and former Mozambique president Joachim Chissano, the representative of Ravalomanana made it clear that Rajoelina must openly declare that he would not be a candidate in the next national election.

Ravalomanana and his camp threatened to withdraw from any further talks with Rajoelina and others if the latter failed to do so.

"Do not worry, this agreement has not yet been signed by the four stakeholders," Ravalomanana said in the telephone.

At the end of the talks on Tuesday, the AU chief told a press conference that the international mediation group would invite the four stakeholders of the Indian Ocean island country to another country to continue their talks, which would be followed by the signing of the agreement.

Source: Xinhua
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