Madagascan transitional president threatens political opponents

14:18, December 05, 2009      

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Madagascan Transitional President Andry Rajoelina threatened his political opponents on Friday to take his responsibility, if their decision would be unpleasant.

"I'll take my responsibility if the three political camps take a decision contrary to the interests of the nation during their meeting in Maputo," said Rajoelina in a statement he signed on Friday.

Rajoelina took this position because he decided not to go to Maputo, the Mozambican capital, with the three political camps, each led by former presidents Marc Ravalomanana, Didier Ratsiraka and Albert Zafy to resolve the deadlock in the formation of the transitional government.

The three political camps, except that of Rajoelina, have been in Maputo since Thursday and planned to return to the Indian Ocean island country after their meeting on government formation with the International Contact Group.

While proposing to hold a videoconference, Rajoelina decided not to travel to Maputo, saying that it was a shame for him to settle abroad a disagreement on the sharing of some seats between the four protagonists.

Supporters of Rajoelina had a presentiment that the goal of three former presidents in the meeting outside the country was to gather their force to uproot Rajoelina's power.

However, Ravalomanana's camp argued on Wednesday to convince Rajoelina that the Maputo meeting was aimed at resolving the deadlock in the formation of an inclusive transitional government with an equitable distribution of ministerial posts and the establishment of transitional institutions.

Ravalomanana's camp said that the scheduling of elections, the establishment of the Independent National Electoral Commission, the establishment of a monitoring team of all agreements signed by the four protagonists and the operationalization of the co-presidency and presidential council were among other the key issues to be addressed during that last negotiation in Maputo.

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