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SADC Today Volume 14 No.5, August 2012
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SADC urges implementation of Madagascar roadmap

SADC HAS mandated former Mozambican President, Joaquim Chissano, to facilitate a meeting between Madagascar’s interim leader Andry Rajoelina and deposed president Marc Ravalomanana with a view to speeding up implementation of a peace roadmap that is key to the holding of credible elections.

The Extraordinary Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government held in Luanda, Angola in June resolved that Chissano should urgently facilitate dialogue and convene a meeting between Rajoelina and Ravalomanana to bring back on track the implementation of a roadmap signed by Malagasy political parties in September 2011.

Chissano is the SADC mediator in the Madagascar political conflict. The peace road-map seeks to return the country to constitutional normalcy following a 2009 coup that saw Rajoelina unconstitutionally remove R a v a l o m a n a n a from power with the support of the army. Madagascar is currently suspended from SADC. “Summit mandated the SADC mediator and the Troika of the Organ to facilitate dialogue and convene a meeting between H.E. Andry Rajoelina, president of the High Transition Authority and H.E Marc Ravalomanana, former President as a matter of urgency in order to ensure full implementation of the roadmap and create an enabling environment for holding credible, free and fair elections,” the SADC leaders said in a communiqué. The road-map allows for the unconditional return from exile of Ravalomanana and for the establishment of transitional institutions ahead of elections. The Extraordinary Summit noted that a SADC Liaison Office established in November 2011 to support the implementation process was fully operational, with officers from the Troika of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation and representatives of the SADC chair on the ground since January 2012. 

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