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Madagascan President calls international community for recognition
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15:16, April 04, 2009

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Madagascan President Andry Rajoelina called the international community again on Friday to recognize the results of the just-concluded national conference.

"I appeal to the international community, by the resolutions of the national conference, Madagascans know what was the best for them," Rajoelina said at the closing session of the two-day national consultation.

The conference, attended by over 1,000 representatives from various civil entities and political parties from 22 regions in Madagascar, agreed to hold a national referendum to adopt a new constitution in September this year before a scheduled presidential election in October 2010.

"Madagascans have their own ideas with which they want to develop their homeland and apply a democracy that they judged appropriate to them," said Rajoelina, who is six years younger than the legalized ages of Madagascar's presidency.

Rajoelina, also president of the High Transitional Authority set up last Tuesday, called his takeover of the presidency as a revolution, which showed trust between him and the people.

Rajoelina said he totally agreed with the resolution made at the conference, which decided to cut short the transitional period to 19 months from 24 months announced on March 21, when he was sworn in as president of the island country.

Before Rajoelina addressing the meeting, which concluded Friday evening, Horace Gatien, a senior lecturer at Antananarivo University who is also a chief organizer of the conference, read an eight-point resolution made at the last minute of the consultation, which decided to hold a national referendum to adopt a new constitution in September this year.

A fresh presidential election was also recommended to be held in October 2010, the resolution said.

The army-backed transitional regime also planned to set up an independent national electoral commission in October this year, following the estimated approval of a new constitution.

Hailed as a roadmap for the transitional period, the resolution said that eight committees, including those for economic and social development, for military, for monitoring of the implementation of the resolutions and for drafting framework document to prepare for regional conferences, would be established.

Almost at the same time when the consultation, organized by the transitional authority led by Rajoelina, the former ruling party, I Love Madagascar, also organized a national conference to seek a way out of the political crisis that began in mid-December last year.

Speakers called for restoration of constitutional order, return of former president Marc Ravalomanana and the step-down of Rajoelina as a few of solutions to end the current political crisis in the country.

<i>Source:Xinhua</i>



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