Ousted leader's wife back in Madagascar

2012-07-27 18:01

Antananarivo - The wife of Madagascar's ousted leader Marc Ravalomanana returned home on Friday, after she and her husband were twice denied entry, the leader of his political movement told AFP.

"Mrs Lalao Ravalomanana has indeed arrived on Madagascar soil," said Mamy Rakotoarivelo.

She was stopped by airport authorities in the capital Antananarivo, he said, adding that they called Prime Minister Omer Beriziky who granted permission for her to enter the country.

Her arrival came after the first direct talks this week between her husband and Andry Rajoelina, who toppled Ravalomanana three years ago amid weeks of street protests.

The talks failed to agree on conditions for Ravalomanana's eventual return, but his wife's arrival was a sign of progress in easing the deadlock.

Agreeing on the terms of his return is one of the major hurdles in guiding Madagascar towards elections.

The two rivals are expected to meet again within three weeks, before the next summit of the Southern African Development Community, which is mediating in the crisis.