- The African Union is back in Madagascar to try and salvage the processes that will return the Indian Ocean Island to democratic rule.
The Chairman of the African Union (AU) Commission, Jean Ping, reportedly arrived in Antananarivo at the weekend as part regional and international efforts to save the Malagasy crisis.
The AU Commission has reported that Mr Ping has been able to meet with the different Malagasy parties, despite earlier reports that the young former DJ, now the strong man of Madagascar, snubbed him.
Mr Ping is also accompanied on the visit to Antananarivo by Ramtane Lamamr, the AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, as well as representatives of member institutions of the International Contact Group on Madagascar (ICG-M), including the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the International Organization of La Francophone, the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) and the United Nations.
Earlier reports had showed that Mr Rajoelina has snubbed the AU’s commission chair and his team, while also refusing to stand down on his resolve regarding the consensus on the unity transitional government.
The Malagasy crisis has ensued despite numerous agreements on the way forward and forging a peaceful return to constitutionality.
Mr Rajoelina has been accused by his rivals of turning himself into some kind of a tyranny and a dictator who does not listen to anybody. He has insisted on holding of elections rather than the long way of trasitionality.
Mr Rajoelina came to power last year with the army backup and months of unrest in the country. One of his arguments has been the call for the revising of the constitution, of which under the current law, he is still too young to rule the country and has to wait for at least another three to four years.
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