OUSTED MADAGASCAR PRESIDENT REJECTS POWER-SHARING DEAL


Ousted Madagascar leader Marc Ravalomanana has rejected sharing power with the new army-backed president in a move likely to entrench the deadlock between the two camps. Tensions have heightened this week on the Indian Ocean island as pro-Ravalomanana supporters defied a government ban on public protests and continued their attempts to hold near-daily gatherings in the capital Antananarivo.

rav1“They broke the law and carried out a coup d’etat that was condemned by the entire international community,” Ravalomanana said in a statement late on Wednesday. Last week, he told Reuters that he was open to sharing power with Andry Rajoelina, Africa’s youngest president, who has accused Ravalomanana of being a dictator.

Analysts say Ravalomanana’s statement deepens the impasse as the international community seeks a constitutional way out of the crisis, which saw 135 people killed in clashes from January to March and hit the $390 million-a-year tourism sector.

“A power sharing deal seems the only way of the crisis, but the question is whether power will be shared by Ravalomanana and Rajoelina,” said Edward George of London’s Economist Intelligence Unit. George said that the shift in position could reflect a sense of growing international support or a change in mood at home.

SOURCED FROM REUTERS


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