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Vol 50 No 7

Published 3rd April 2009


One nation, two conferences

The opening of a national conference in Antananarivo on 2 April, led by Andry Rajoelina, head of the Haute Autorité de la Transition, is likely to worsen political divisions. Its goal is to draw up plans to return the country to constitutional rule and hold fresh elections, as well as to persuade international donors not to impose sanctions or cut financial support.Yet ousted President Marc Ravalomanana and his Tiako-y-Madagasikara party said they would organise their own national conference and that it would draw a wider attendance than Rajoelina’s. This resembles the fierce rivalry between Ravalomanana and his then opponent, President Didier Ratsiraka, who refused to accept his rival’s election victory, seven years ago.

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