Madagascar's ex-president rejects coup leader Rajoelina

Crisis talks in Mozambique were extended into a third day on Thursday after the island's power-brokers disagreed on who would lead the country.

Madagascar's ex-president rejects coup leader Rajoelina

Madagascar's ex-leader Marc Ravalomanana said he did not accept Andry Rajoelina's nomination as president of a transitional government.

Crisis talks in Mozambique were extended into a third day on Thursday after the island's power-brokers disagreed on who would lead the country.

Rajoelina, who toppled Ravalomanana in March after military coup, has demanded the presidency.

Mediators said he had the backing of one of the three other negotiating parties but Ravalomanana has vowed to reject his nomination.

"The Ravalomanana movement will never depart from (the) respect for the right of citizens to vote," a written statement issued by Ravalomanana's camp said late on Wednesday.

"Therefore, it will never accept to legitimise the author of an unconstitutional change by appointing him head of the Presidency."

The communique described Rajoelina's nomination as an insult to the Malagasy people who elected Ravalomanana through the ballot box.

Regional blocs and foreign powers including the United States and the European Union condemned former DJ Rajoelina and key foreign donors suspended aid.

"We're a little blocked because we think it logical that our movement lead the transition," Rajoelina said.

Ravalomanana also agreed he would not play a direct role in the transitional government mandated to hold elections within 15 months.


Reuters

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