Secretary-General welcomes move by transition president not to run in Madagascar election

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The UN Secretary-General has welcomed the decision by Madagascar's transition President not to run in the forthcoming presidential elections.

Andry Rajoelina this week announced that he will not stand in the vote which is scheduled for May this year.

This follows an earlier pledge by former President Marc Ravalomanana who also will not participate in the elections.

In a statement on Wednesday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the decision by the two politicians should help facilitate free and credible elections to bring an end to the transition in the African island nation.

Mr. Ravalomanana was deposed in a 2009 coup led by Mr. Rajoelina.

A deal brokered by the Southern African Development Community two years later led to the signing of a roadmap which allowed the former leader to return to the country from exile.

The Secretary-General said that it will be critical that the 2011 roadmap is fully implemented, particularly provisions related to confidence-building measures.

Dianne Penn, United Nations Radio.

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