- The political crisis in Madagascar could be over, if the transitional deal signed by the Malagasy factions on Sunday blooms to fruition, mediators and political observers have said.
The main opposing factions, in the Madagascar's over six months political crisis, have agreed on amongst others to form a unity government and prepare for fresh elections in the country.
The deal signed on Sunday in Mozambique, has also put a15-month transition period during which legislative and presidential elections shall be held under international supervision.
However, it was not made clear if the former and exiled president Marc Ravalomanana will be part of the transitional government, with reports saying he has expressed that he wil not personally take part.
He was also reported to have said his decision was in the national interest and after consultations.
The deal, brokered under the supervision of former Mozabican president, Joaquim Chissano, has also made a provision for a general amnesty with all the political players, those exiled and those that were sentences in absentia, during the former government, all allowed back home, to make a contribution and participate in the rebuilding of Madagascar's democracy.
The African leaders appointed Mr Chissano, revive the talks among Madagascar’s political rivals, after several deadlocks and continued political waves.
The political crisis in Madagascar reached its point of no return in March when former president Ravalomanana resigned under pressure and the incumbent, and former Mayor of Antananarivo, Andry Rajoelina, was installed as the new leader with the support of the army.
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