Political actors in Madagascar urged to work for democracy

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A walk organized by women in Madagascar for peace and democracy. Photo: UNDP Madagascar

Political leaders and the people of Madagascar have been urged to continue working together for national reconciliation, democracy and economic recovery.

The call has come from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon following the return to Madagascar of former President Marc Ravalomanana who was ousted in a military coup in 2009.

On his return from five years in exile on Monday, Mr. Ravalomanana reportedly made remarks challenging the legitimacy of state institutions created after elections in 2013.

UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric says the Secretary-General rejects those remarks.

"The Secretary-General stresses the imperative of respecting the legitimacy of the democratically-elected Government and the rule of law. He calls on all political actors and stakeholders to continue working together towards an inclusive national reconciliation process, the full implementation of the SADC Roadmap, the deepening of democratic governance and economic recovery for the good of all Malagasies." (23")

Madagascar is reported to be politically stable since the election of President Hery Rajaonarimampianina in 2013.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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