Andry Rajoelina, the President of Madagascar, made a surprise announcement on the country’s state television that he will not participate in the upcoming presidential elections he has scheduled for 26 November. In his televised speech, Rajoelina said there would be a national convention from 27th to 29th May, aimed at drafting a new constitution ahead of the elections.
The move has been criticized by opponents who say Mr. Rajoelina’s decision not to contest the November elections is calculated to ease international pressure on him to resolve the ongoing political stalemate. Several peace talks to create political stability in the country has failed, including those with President Rajoelina, former President Marc Ravalomanana, as well as all other political parties, that were mediated by the African Union, have failed to yield positive results.
The future of Madagascar is still uncertain and unpredictable as those who are in a position to map out the country’s political path are still refusing to negotiate a way forward.
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